Musical director James Levine fired by Met Opera for 'sexually abusive' conduct

Musical director James Levine fired by Met Opera for 'sexually abusive' conduct

The Metropolitan Opera said it fired music director emeritus James Levine on Monday after three month investigation found "credible evidence" that he "engaged in sexually abusive" conduct toward artists.

"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", according to the statement.

It said there was also evidence that the conductor abused and harassed "vulnerable artists in the early stages of their careers".

Consequently, "it would be inappropriate and impossible for Levine to continue to work at the Met", Efe quoted the statement as saying. The investigation found that Levine exerted vast control over this group, dictating all aspects of its members' lives and coercing them into unwanted sex acts.

The Met added that in addition to its findings on the allegations against Levine, the investigation suggested that any claims of a cover-up are "completely unsubstantiated".

Late previous year, three men came forward with allegations of misconduct against Levine in a report in the New York Times, and Levine was suspended.

The Met said that more than 70 people were interviewed in their investigation.

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Chris Brown, a member of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra for three decades, said that Levine masturbated him and encouraged him to reciprocate when he was 17 at the Meadow Brook School of Music in MI.

Chris Brown said that Levine had abused him in the summer of 1968, when he was a 17-year-old student at the Meadow Brook School of Music in MI and Levine led the school's orchestral institute.

The Met opened an investigation previous year into James Levine, following reports that he abused a teenage boy decades ago.

Levine has denied the "unfounded" sexual abuse accusations. Famed conductor James Levine is now enduring a disgraceful exit from the MET due to sexual misconduct.

Ashok Pai said he had been abused by Levine for years, beginning in 1986 near the Ravinia Festival in IL, when he was 16. He stepped down for health reasons in 2016, becoming music director emeritus.

The conductor has not been criminally charged and, unless more recent incidents are uncovered, the alleged misconduct took place too long ago for prosecution.

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