Cleveland Museum of Art Board Investigated David Franklin's Affair, Forced His Resignation


In a recent meeting, the board of the Cleveland Museum of Art discussed what to do regarding David Franklin, its director.

After rumors spread that Franklin had an affair with a CMA staffer who committed suicide five months ago reached the higher ups, chairman R. Steven Kestner sat with Franklin, who strongly denied the rumors.

The museum then had a lawyer interview Franklin. The former director again denied the rumors.

The board then conducted an intensive internal investigation, including looking into Franklin's emails, and discovered proof of the relationship, according to a source. (The museum has since confirmed that they were aware of the relationship after the investigation.)

The board told Franklin to resign or they would fire him. He's been retained as a consultant to ensure a proper transition.

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Vince Grzegorek

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