Father of '5 Browns' Charged With Sexual Abuse

3 daughters in group are alleged victims
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2011 1:11 PM CST
Keith Brown, Father of 'The 5 Browns' Classical Piano Group, Charged With Sexual Abuse of Three Daughters
This 2008 photo shows The 5 Browns, left to right, Deondra, Gregory, Derirae, Melody and Ryan in Alpine, Utah.   (AP Photo/Deseret News, Jason Olson)

Sad news from an acclaimed family of classical musicians: Keith Brown, father of the five Juilliard-trained members of The 5 Browns, has been accused of sexually abusing his three daughters. A family spokesperson confirms the sexual abuse case involves Desirae, 32, Deondra, 30, and Melody, 26, who make up the piano group along with their two brothers. The incidents allegedly occurred between 1990 and 1992 as well as between 1997 and 1998 in Utah; Brown faces one count of sodomy on a child and two counts of sexual abuse of a child.

The Brown children severed their professional connection to their father, who was once their manager, in 2008. The 5 Browns have enjoyed critical and popular success, and have appeared on Oprah, The View, and 60 Minutes. Days after court records were filed, Brown and wife Lisa were injured in a car crash after a Valentine's Day dinner at a ski resort, the AP reports. Their children visited their parents, and the family rep says they are hopeful their recoveries will be speedy. (More sexual abuse stories.)

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