Met opera fires conductor after sexual misconduct probe

Met opera fires conductor after sexual misconduct probe

Met opera fires conductor after sexual misconduct probe

Three months after multiple men accused James Levine of sexual assault, the Metropolitan Opera officially fired the conductor. In December, Levine was suspended from his posts as music director emeritus and head of its young artist program; he was sacked this week after an internal investigation revealed "sexually abusive and harassing conduct". After that, Mr. Levine held an emeritus role.

According to an unsigned statement that the Met sent out late Monday afternoon, the internal investigation that the company announced in December, after reports alleging Levine's sexually abusive behavior were made public, has concluded.

The Telegraph has approached Levine's representatives for comment.

Following the death of Leonard Bernstein in 1990, Levine was regarded as the top American conductor and was given a starring role in the film "Fantasia 2000". 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.

The Met also strongly denied its management or directors had tried to cover up the allegations.

A leadership transition was already underway at the Met, following Levine's retirement as music director in 2016.

"Based on recent accounts in the media regarding James Levine, Ravinia has severed all ties with the conductor who served as music director of the festival from 1973 through 1993". His health worsened in 2006, when he tripped and fell on the stage of Boston's Symphony Hall during ovations that followed a performance and he tore a rotator cuff, which required shoulder surgery. He had another operation that September after falling and damaging a vertebra, an injury that sidelined him until May 2013.

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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