One of the most prestigious opera house in the world, the Metropolitan Opera announced on Sunday that it is cutting all the ties with its longtime conductor James Levine. The opera house also launched an investigation into the Met’s conductor Mr. Levine following the sexual misconduct allegations by multiple women.
The Met said in a statement, “Mr. Levine will not be involved in any Met activities, including conducting scheduled performances at the Met this season.”
The Met suspended Mr. Levine in less than 24 hours the New York Post was the first to report the allegations in which one of Levine’s accusers accused him of sexual abuse, the accused claimed Mr. Levine established sexual contact with the Met’s conductor as a teenager
The Met announced that it has appointed lawyer Robert J. Cleary, who is the head of the investigations practice at the Proskauer Rose law firm and a former U.S. attorney. Now, J. Cleary is leading the investigation into the sexual misconduct accusations and claims. In addition, the alleged incidents happened between the 1960s to 1980s.
The Met tweeted on Sunday, “We are deeply disturbed by the news articles that are being published online today about James Levine. 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.”
We are deeply disturbed by the news articles that are being published online today about James Levine. 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.
— Metropolitan Opera (@MetOpera) December 3, 2017
The General Manager at the Metropolitan Opera, Peter Gelb said, “Based on these new reports, the Met has made the decision to act now, while we await the results of the investigation,” the Washington Post reported. “This is a tragedy for anyone whose life has been affected.”
In its earlier statement, the Met officials said that Mr. Levine has denied the allegations and claims.