Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

4th person accuses conductor James Levine of misconduct

4th person accuses conductor James Levine of misconduct

The Metropolitan Opera has suspended conductor James Levine after the three men accused him sexually abusing them as teenagers.

Ifsich is the third former student at Meadow Brook to accuse Levine publicly of sexual misconduct.

The first accusation was published in the New York Post over the weekend, following two other accounts by different men in The New York Times.

James Levine                       The Metropolitan Opera CNN Newsource
James Levine The Metropolitan Opera CNN Newsource

Chris Brown, who played principal bass in the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra for more than three decades, said that Mr. Levine masturbated him that summer - and then coaxed him to reciprocate - when Mr. The incidents were said to have taken place from the 1960s to the 1980s and are being investigated by Robert J. Cleary, a former US attorney and the head of investigations at the Proskauer Rose law firm.

In a statement, the opera house said the allegations against Levine date to the 1960s and continued until the 1980s.

Levine served as music director of the Met from 1976 to 2016, before resigning following health issues.

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Levine's representatives did not respond to messages.

Violinist Albin Ifsich told The New York Times that the abuse happened in 1968 when he was a 20-year-old student at Michigan's Meadow Brook School of Music, where Levine was on the faculty.

He remained at the institution in the position of music director emeritus.

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The accusations against Levine are the latest in a string of sexual assault allegations against a number of high-profile members in the entertainment industry, which began coming to light in October following on reporting about Hollywood film mogul Harvey Weinstein.

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