Met opera fires conductor after sexual misconduct probe

Met opera fires conductor after sexual misconduct probe

Met opera fires conductor after sexual misconduct probe

The Metropolitan Opera on Monday fired longtime conductor James Levine, citing "credible evidence" of "sexually abusive" conduct. However, no specifics were revealed but the investigation did find that Levine harassed and abused artists at early stages of their careers. "In light of these findings, the Met concludes that it would be inappropriate and impossible for Mr. Levine to continue to work at the Met", the opera said.

Levine was suspended by the Met in December pending the investigation, after he had been accused of molesting a teenage boy in the northern suburbs.

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The investigation included interviews with more than 70 people.

The Met said it was ending the honorary position of music director emeritus for Levine, who retired in 2016 but until the scandal had still been a frequent presence as a conductor. The Met also appointed attorney Robert J. Cleary, a former USA attorney and the current head of the investigations practice at the Proskauer Rose law firm, to lead the investigation into the allegations that took place from the 1960s to 1980s.

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Earlier during the investigation, Levine denied the allegations stating the accusations were "unfounded" and that "I have not lived my life as an oppressor or an aggressor".

In its statement on Monday, the company said Cleary's investigation found that "any claims or rumors that members of the Met's management or its board of directors engaged in a cover-up of information relating to these issues are completely unsubstantiated".

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The company said they found evidence of abuse and harassment "both before and during the period" he worked at the opera.

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