Metropolitan Opera opens investigation of conductor over sex abuse allegations

Met conductor accused of molesting teen report

Met conductor accused of molesting teen report

James Levine is now set to conduct a revival of "Il Trovatore", and a new production of "Tosca" at the Metropolitan Opera.

Levine served as music director of the Met from 1976 to 2016, when he assumed the position of music director emeritus.

PeterGelb, General Manager of the Met Opera said that he was aware of the allegations when the victim came forward and lodged a complaint with the IL police in October 2016, the Boston Globe reported.

"This first came to the Met's attention when the IL police investigation was opened in October of 2016", Gelb said.

James Levine pauses as he looks over the stage and conductor's podium in Boston's Symphony Hall after being announced as the next conductor and music director of The Boston Symphony Orchestra October 29, 2001 at a news conference in Boston. "We'll now be conducting our own investigation with outside resources". The allegations were made in the New York Post. He was trying to seduce me. According to the police report, Greg Sandow, who writes about classical music and was questioned by police, told a detective that two other men had contacted him with similar allegations of abuse by Levine. The alleger explains in the report that the misconduct continued as he sought a mentorship from the famed conductor, who had promised to see if he could "be raised special like me".

The conductor is accused of an inappropriate relationship with a boy beginning when the boy was 15 years old and lasting for years, pushing the alleged victim to the brink of suicide, the Boston Globe reports. "We are working on an investigation w outside resources to determine whether charges of sexual misconduct in the 1980s are true, so that we can take appropriate action". But eventually, he said Levine would masturbate in front of him and, as he got older, he said the conductor inappropriately touched and fondled him.

The accusations follow a series of sexual abuse and harassment claims made against high-profile figures in the entertainment industry. The lauded maestro has been with the Met for 40 years and led "more than 2,500 performances of 85 different operas since his company debut in 1971 leading Puccini's Tosca".

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