Met Opera Fires James Levine, Music Director Emeritus Accused Of Sexual Abuse

James Levine in 2009

Michele McDonald Globe staff File James Levine in 2009

The New York Times reported that the Met ended its association with the conductor on Monday evening after an investigation that found what the Met called credible evidence that Levine had engaged in "sexually abusive and harassing conduct".

In December, the Met said it was suspending its relationship with longtime conductor James Levine pending an investigation into multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

The Met said it was ending the honorary position of music director emeritus for Levine, who retired in 2016 but until the scandal had still been a frequent presence as a conductor.

The Met said more than 70 individuals were interviewed during the course of the investigation.

Met officials at the time acknowledged they had been aware of the alleged victim's police report since it was filed past year in IL, but they also said Levine denied any wrongdoing at the time and authorities did not contact them further.

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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".

The Met says claims its management or board had covered up information of Levine's conduct were unsubstantiated. The company says "it would be inappropriate and impossible for Mr. Levine to continue to work at the Met".

"The Met is committed to ensuring a safe, respectful and harassment-free workplace for its employees and artists", the company said its Monday statement.

Mr Levine is one the most high-profile figures in classical music to face claims of sexual misconduct in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

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