NY's Metropolitan Opera to investigate James Levine after sex abuse claim

NY's Metropolitan Opera to investigate James Levine after sex abuse claim

He also conducted the CSO downtown a year ago in his first Orchestra Hall appearance in decades.

In recent decades Levine's storied career has been largely centered on the East Coast-primarily as music director of the Metropolitan Opera, with a more controversial, illness-ridden tenure leading the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He rose to music director at the Metropolitan Opera in 1976 and held the position until April 2016.

In a tweet Saturday, the Met said: "We are working on an investigation [with] outside resources to determine whether charges of sexual misconduct in the 1980's are true, so that we can take appropriate action".

The Metropolitan Opera announced Saturday night that it has launched an investigation into charges of sexual abuse by Levine while at the Met. Levine continues to conduct performances at the opera company, including concerts of the Verdi Requiem just last week.

"Levine was not a person you ever said no to", the man told police.

A now 48-year-old man went to police in 2016 to accuse Levine of molesting him from the age of 15 in 1985, saying the abuse lasted until 1993 and led him to the brink of suicide, the Post reported.

The statute of limitations for a potential sex crime in IL expired nine years before the alleged victim came forward against Levine in 2016, reports the Post. He was trying to seduce me.

Details of the police report were first reported Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, on the New York Post website. The alleger explains in the report that the misconduct continued as he sought a mentorship from the famed conductor, who had promised to see if he could "be raised special like me".

The 74-year-old has denied the accusations. In his complaint, the victim also detailed how Levine masturbated in front of him and kissed his penis.

"The BSO finds this information deeply disturbing and awaits the findings of further investigations on the matter". At the time, he said, Levine said he wouldn't send him money anymore.

A statement on the Met Opera's Facebook page read, "The Met would like to let our supporters know that we are deeply disturbed by the news articles that are being published online today about James Levine".

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

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