Banished from Venice
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Lorenzo da Ponte: the scandalous life of the man who wrote Mozart's words
3. Banished from Venice
Although he was a Catholic priest, Da Ponte took a mistress with whom he had two children. He was charged with 'public concubinage' and 'abduction of a respectable woman'. It was alleged in court that he had been living in a brothel and organizing the entertainments there. He was found guilty and banished from Venice for 15 years.