Met Opera fires conductor Levine after ‘credible evidence’ of misconduct

(Reuters) – New York’s Metropolitan Opera mentioned on Monday that it experienced fired its longtime conductor and musical director James Levine soon after an inquiry found“credible evidence” to guidance accusations in opposition to him of sexual misconduct.

Metropolitan Opera (Satisfied) musical director James Levine is proven in Japan in this 2001 photo provided by the Satisfied April 14, 2016. Koichi Miura/Metropolitan Opera/Handout through Reuters/File Photograph

The Satisfied suspended Levine, 74, in December soon after various accusations of sexual misconduct stretching from the 1960s to 1980s. At the time, he was serving as songs director emeritus and artistic director of its younger artist programme at the Satisfied.

The Metropolitan Opera mentioned in a statement on Monday that an impartial inquiry had“uncovered credible proof that Mr. Levine experienced engaged in sexually abusive and harassing conduct” just before and throughout his time at the company.

“In gentle of these conclusions, the Satisfied concludes that it would be inappropriate and unattainable for Mr. Levine to continue on to do the job at the Satisfied,” it mentioned in the statement.

Levine, who served as the Met’s musical director for 40 years until finally he retired from that placement in 2016, has denied the accusations. His agent did not right away return a ask for for comment on Monday.

The Satisfied mentioned in its statement on Monday that a lot more than 70 individuals experienced been interviewed in the investigation, which took a lot more than a few months and was led by an outdoors counsel.

Levine was the latest strong guy in the United States to get rid of his career around accusations of sexual misconduct or harassment.

Reporting by Eric Kelsey modifying by Jill Serjeant and Jonathan Oatis

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