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"Met Opera fires conductor Levine after "'credible evidence' of misconduct

13 March 2018

The investigation, which opened in December, found evidence of abuse and harassment "both before and during the period" when Levine worked with the Met.

Earlier during the investigation, Levine denied the allegations stating the accusations were "unfounded" and that "I have not lived my life as an oppressor or an aggressor".

Levine, who served as music director with the opera company for almost 40 years, was first suspended in December as the Met launched an investigation.

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Tim Fox of Columbia Artists, who represents the 74-year-old conductor, did not respond to an email seeking comment.

The Met said in its statement on Monday that more than 70 people had been interviewed in the investigation, which took more than three months and was led by an outside counsel.

The statement from the opera noted that the investigation, which was conducted by an outside counsel, uncovered conduct both before and during his tenure as the artistic director of the Met.

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The company suspended Levine in December in light of the allegations, which span from the 1960s through the 1980s.

The Met says claims its management or board had covered up information of Levine's conduct were unsubstantiated.

"Based on recent accounts in the media regarding James Levine, Ravinia has severed all ties with the conductor who served as music director of the festival from 1973 through 1993". Brown, who went on to play principal bass in the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, said that one night in the dorms, Levine had masturbated him and asked him to reciprocate - and then punished Brown when he declined to do so again, ignoring him for the rest of the summer, even when he was conducting him. "The artists of the Metropolitan Opera, like workers in every industry, deserve a safe place of work".

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