New York Metropolitan Opera suspends driver James Levine after sexual abuse is reported –

New York Metropolitan Opera suspends driver James Levine after sexual abuse is reported


The Metropolitan Opera in New York suspended its famous director James Levine on Sunday while investigating allegations of badual misconduct.

In a statement, the general manager of the opera, Peter Gelb, said that Levine would not be involved in performances or other activities during the investigation.

"While we await the results of the investigation, based on these new news reports, the Met has made the decision to act now," Gelb said, adding that the executive board and executive committee of the opera fully supported the suspension.

"This is a tragedy for anyone whose life has been affected," he said.

Gelb told NBC News on Sunday that the opera company first heard about the allegations when the Illinois police opened an investigation in October 2016. [19659000] "At that time [Levine] said that the charges were completely false, and we did not do it. "I do not hear anything else from the police," Gelb said in a written statement. "We need to determine whether these charges are true and, if they are, take appropriate action. Now we will conduct our own investigation with external resources. "

The announcement of the opera followed a report in the New York Post that said Levine had been accused in a police report of molesting a young man when the man was 15 years and that the badual abuse continued for years.

The man, identified on Sunday by The Times as Ashok Pai, detailed the accusations before the Police Department of Lake Forest, Illinois in 2016, according to the Post, which reported for the first time. Lake Forest is the place where the child lived when the alleged abuses began and near the Ravinia Music Festival site, north of Chicago, where Levine, now 74, was director during the summers from 1971 to 1993 , according to the festival website.

The New York Post and The New York Times obtained a copy of the police report.

Pai told the police that he met the driver who was attending the festival. Val as a child and continued to have harmless encounters with him for several years, according to the Post. Then, in 1985, Levine became a physicist with the child in a car after leaving it at home, the New York Post reported.

"I started seeing a 41-year-old man when I was 15, not really understanding what I was really seeing," said Pai, now 48, in a written statement to the police. . "He almost destroyed my family and almost took me to suicide, I felt lonely and scared, I was trying to seduce myself, I could not see this.

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A relative of Pai told The Times that the alleged victim first complained about the badual abuse in Private in 1993.

Levine's manager at Columbia Artists Management Inc. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.