Former Boston Symphony Orchestra Conductor Being Investigated for Sexual Abuse

American conductor James Levine and the Boston Symphony Orchestra perform Hector Berlioz's

According to the Post, the man alleged to police that he was 15 when Levine first held his hand "in a prolonged and incredibly sensual way", later fondling him sexually at around age 16 in an alleged cycle of abuse that lasted for years and almost drove him to suicide.

Levine was also music director for the Met for many years. "The alleged victim informed a former Met Opera board member of the alleged abuse in 2016 and she alerted the Met's general manager, yet Levine continued to wield his baton".

The Metropolitan Opera in NY has launched an investigation into its famed conductor, James Levine, amid news stories about a 2016 police report that accuses him of molesting a teenage boy decades ago.

"Levine was not a person you ever said no to", the man told police.

He said he was reaching out to police in Lake Forest because some of his encounters with Levine took place there in the mid-1980s.

Levine held the position at Ravinia from 1973 to 1993. On Sunday, the BSO released a statement that said it did not know about the allegations against Levine before Saturday.

Levine, 74, is accused of molesting a teenage boy over several years, reported The New York Times, citing a copy of a 2016 police report.

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The alleged victim came forward to the Lake Forest police department in October 2016 to detail the molestation.

"At the time, [Levine] said that the charges were completely false, and we didn't hear anything further from the police", says Gelb.

In a tweet, the Met said it was "deeply disturbed" by the claims published online and was investigating "with outside resources" in order to take appropriate action. "We'll now be conducting our own investigation with outside resources".

Levine, who once led the BSO, has been accused of molesting IL teenager decades ago.

He also said that his relationship with Levine extended well into adulthood and that the composer gave him money over the years when he was having financial problems, amounting to more than $50,000. The man said that it was the beginning of years of sexual contact against his will with Levine. At the time, he said, Levine said he wouldn't send him money anymore. In this case, the man asked that his name not be published and declined to be interviewed on the record.

Levine becomes the latest in a litany of prominent men in the arts, the media and politics to have accusations of sexual misconduct surface. The sexual relationship continued in NY where Levine served as the acclaimed music director of the Metropolitan Opera from 1976 through 2016.

Levine is now scheduled to conduct Giuseppe Verdi's Tosca on New Year's Eve.

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