Metropolitan Opera Fires Conductor James Levine for 'Sexually Abusive and Harassing Conduct'

Metropolitan Opera Fires Conductor James Levine for 'Sexually Abusive and Harassing Conduct'

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

The Met told The New York Times in a statement it had "uncovered credible evidence that Mr. Levine engaged in sexually abusive and harassing conduct toward vulnerable artists in the early stages of their careers, over whom Mr. Levine had authority".

The three-month investigation concludes a spectacular fall from grace for a musician often hailed as one of the top U.S. conductors of his generation.

At the time, the Met indicated that there were multiple allegations against Levine.

The accusers said Levine had sexually abused them when they were teenagers.

The Met says claims its management or board had covered up information of Levine's conduct were unsubstantiated. The company announced last month that Levine's Canadian successor, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, would take on his new role next season, two years ahead of schedule. Most recently, an article in the Boston Globe revealed a cult-like group of acolytes who allegedly submitted to him musically and sexually, to the degree of distancing themselves from family and friends.

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Chris Brown said that Levine had abused him in the summer of 1968, when he was a 17-year-old student at the Meadow Brook School of Music in MI and Levine led the school's orchestral institute.

"Obviously that's not what it was, but we were led to believe that".

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.

The conductor in an earlier statement called the allegations against him "unfounded", saying he was not an "oppressor or an aggressor".

But some in the music industry expect more cases to come out, seeing how rock culture in particular is so intertwined with sexual inhibition.

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