(Reuters) – New York’s Metropolitan Opera mentioned on Monday that it had fired its longtime conductor and musical director James Levine after an inquiry discovered“credible proof” to assist accusations in opposition to him of sexual misconduct.
The Met suspended Levine, 74, in December after a number of accusations of sexual misconduct stretching from the 1960s to 1980s. On the time, he was serving as music director emeritus and inventive director of its younger artist program on the Met.
The Metropolitan Opera mentioned in an announcement on Monday that an unbiased inquiry had“uncovered credible proof that Mr. Levine had engaged in sexually abusive and harassing conduct” earlier than and through his time on the firm.
“In mild of those findings, the Met concludes that it will be inappropriate and unattainable for Mr. Levine to proceed to work on the Met,” it mentioned within the assertion.
Levine, who served because the Met’s musical director for 40 years till he retired from that place in 2016, has denied the accusations. His consultant didn’t instantly return a request for touch upon Monday.
The Met mentioned in its assertion on Monday that greater than 70 folks had been interviewed within the investigation, which took greater than three months and was led by an out of doors counsel.
Levine was the most recent highly effective man in the USA to lose his job over accusations of sexual misconduct or harassment.
Reporting by Eric Kelsey; modifying by Jill Serjeant and Jonathan Oatis