Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Met sacks conductor James Levine over 'credible evidence' of abuse

Metropolitan Opera fires James Levine after finding 'credible evidence' of sexual abuse Metropolitan Opera Fires Conductor James Levine for 'Sexually Abusive and Harassing Conduct'
Ella Tate | 13 March, 2018, 11:29

According to the Met's most recent statement, more than 70 people were interviewed in the investigation, which was led by Robert J. Cleary of the law firm Proskauer Rose.

The Met released a statement announcing it had terminated its relationship with Levine, 74, as music director emeritus and artistic director of its young artist program following the three-month investigation conducted by outside counsel. The company says "it would be inappropriate and impossible for Mr. Levine to continue to work at the Met".

Other musicians who have quit or lost positions over alleged abuse include hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and Charles Dutoit, until recently the principal conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London.

Metropolitan Opera (MET) musical director James Levine is shown in Japan in this 2001 photo provided by the MET April 14, 2016. Yannick Nézet-Séguin will take up the post of music director at the Met next season.

The investigation uncovered credible evidence that Mr. Levine had engaged in sexually abusive and harassing conduct both before and during the period when he worked at the Met.

Fittingly perhaps, his final Met appearance was conducting Verdi's "Requiem" in December.

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The conductor in an earlier statement called the allegations against him "unfounded", saying he was not an "oppressor or an aggressor". Days later, another man told The Times that Levine had also abused him when he was in his 20s.

The statement said rumors that opera's board of directors were involved in a cover-up were "completely unsubstantiated".

The accusations against Levine reported in The Times went back decades, and shared marked similarities.

Levine started conducting from a chair in late 2001 and tremors in his left arm and leg became noticeable a few years later. In total Levine conducted more than 2,500 performances with the company and was an influencer in classical music. He said that at one point Levine had the group don blindfolds and masturbate partners they could not see.

The accusers said Levine had sexually abused them when they were teenagers.

Ashok Pai said he had been abused by Levine for years, beginning in 1986 near the Ravinia Festival in IL, when he was 16.

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