Musical director James Levine fired by Met Opera for 'sexually abusive' conduct

Musical director James Levine fired by Met Opera for 'sexually abusive' conduct

Musical director James Levine fired by Met Opera for 'sexually abusive' conduct

The Metropolitan Opera has fired James Levine after a lengthy investigation revealed the former music director emeritus had "engaged in sexually abusive and harassing conduct both before and during the period when he worked at the Met".

The leading United States opera house had already suspended Levine in December after allegations first became public against him.

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".

Levine is one of dozens of powerful men in multiple industries brought down by allegations of sexual misconduct brought to light in the wake of the Me Too movement and the Harvey Weinstein sexual-assault scandal in Hollywood. Days later, another man told The Times that Levine had also abused him when he was in his 20s.

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The Met, which like many major U.S. music institutions has a constant challenge of shoring up its finances, has acted quickly to move past the taint of Levine.

Although the Met did not describe the nature of the alleged abuse, a Globe investigation recently found that as a young conductor working in Cleveland, Levine attracted a cult-like group of devotees. Levine denied the allegations of sexual misconduct, saying he wants to resume his work "with full concentration and inspiration".

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. Since the time of these allegations, the age of consent in IL has been raised to 17, and to 18 in cases in which the suspect is in a position of trust, authority or supervision in relation to the victim, the Lake County State's Attorney's Office said.

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