U.S. legendary conductor Levine sacked after sex abuse probe

Updated 2018-03-14 10:16:05 Xinhua

U.S. legendary conductor James Levine has been fired by New York's Metropolitan Opera after an investigation found evidence to support claims of sexual abuse and harassment.

"The investigation uncovered credible evidence that Mr. Levine had engaged in sexually abusive and harassing conduct both before and during the period when he worked at the Met," the company said in a statement issued on Monday.

The investigation also uncovered "credible evidence" that Levine, the company's music director emeritus, engaged in "sexually abusive and harassing conduct towards vulnerable artists in the early stages of their careers," over whom he had authority.

"In light of these findings, the Met concludes that it would be inappropriate and impossible for Mr. Levine to continue to work at the Met," the statement said.

Levine, 74, made his debut with the Met in 1971, was suspended in December after three men came forward to claim he had abused them when they were teenagers. Levine has denied the claims.

Levine was appointed the company's music director in 1976, and stepped down two years ago due to ill health, taking the title music director emeritus and heading up the young artists' program.

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