Met conductor accused of molesting teen


On Saturday night, The Metropolitan Opera declared that it would launch an investigation for James Levine who is a famed conductor.

Levine rose to prominence as the Met Opera's music director.

Officials with the Met, in a statement to The New York Times on Saturday, acknowledged that they have been aware of the allegations against the Grammy award-winning artist since the report was filed.

"This first came to the Met's attention when the IL police investigation was opened in October of 2016", Peter Gelb, general manager of the Met, said in a statement to the Times.

He made his debut there in June 1971 with Puccini's Tosca, becoming principal conductor in the 1973-74 season and music director in 1976-77.

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When asked whether the BSO planned to conduct an investigation of its own into whether any sexual misconduct may have occurred during Levine's tenure as music director, a spokesperson for the BSO said the Boston symphony was not now conducting a review. We need to determine if these charges are true and, if they are, take appropriate action.

The accuser, whose name is being withheld by The Associated Press, contacted reporters from several news organizations and posted a handful of items on social media accusing Levine of abusing him when he was young. "We will now be conducting our own investigation with outside resources". It nearly destroyed my family and almost led me to suicide.

Levine, who has been beset by back problems and Parkinson's in recent years, returned to a hero's welcome at Ravinia in 2016 and again this past summer. "We are working on an investigation w outside resources to determine whether charges of sexual misconduct in the 1980s are true, so that we can take appropriate action". He was trying to seduce me.

The man told police he last spoke with Levine in 2014. "Now I can", the alleged victim, now 48, said in a written statement to the police department. The allegations come with the United States reeling from a firestorm of sexual misconduct claims that have ended a litany of powerful careers and rocked U.S. industries from Hollywood to news to politics.

The younger man was not identified in either report, but The New York Times reported that it had interviewed the alleged victim on condition of anonymity and that he confirmed that he made the accusations in the police report.