Published: Mon, December 04, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Former Boston Symphony Orchestra Conductor Being Investigated for Sexual Abuse

Former Boston Symphony Orchestra Conductor Being Investigated for Sexual Abuse

He was sidelined for two years with a spinal injury and before he returned in 2013, conducting from a motorized wheelchair, the Met said he was being treated for a disorder related to Parkinson's disease.

The alleged abuse continued for several years, according to the report filed in October of last year.

General Manager Peter Gelb told the Times that though the investigation is launching now, the Met had been aware of the police report when it was made in October 2016.

Levine rose to prominence as the Met Opera's music director. "We need to determine if these chargers are true and, if they are, take appropriation action".

NEW YORK (AP) - New York's Metropolitan Opera said Saturday it will open an investigation into allegations that its longtime conductor, James Levine, sexually abused a man three decades ago beginning when the man was a teenager. The man said Levine would lay naked with him and touched his penis.

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Levine's accuser told police he first met the conductor attending the festival as a young boy and continued to have harmless encounters with him for several years, according to the New York Post. I couldn't see this.

"At the time, [Levine] said that the charges were completely false, and we didn't hear anything further from the police", says Gelb.

According to the Post, the man alleged to police that he was 15 when Levine first held his hand "in a prolonged and incredibly sensual way", later fondling him sexually at around age 16 in an alleged cycle of abuse that lasted for years and almost drove him to suicide.

He said he followed Levine's instructions, though he found himself confused by his behavior toward him.

The 74-year-old has denied the accusations.

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The BSO said Levine has not conducted the orchestra since January 2011, and he "is not scheduled to conduct the orchestra at any time in the future".

Levine has been nominated for 37 Grammy awards and has bagged 10 of them.

"We are deeply disturbed by the news articles that are being published online today about James Levine", the Met said in a tweet on Saturday night.

The Post alleges that there were "hundreds of incidents" by Levine against the teenage victim.

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