Sunday, 17 December, 2017

James Levine, 'America's Greatest Conductor,' is Under Investigation Following Sexual Abuse Allegations

The lawsuit alleges that'hundreds of incidents occurred at the Deer Path Inn in Lake Forest Illinois. The alleged victim and Levine met while the conductor was working at the Ravinia Music Festival which is held in nearby Highland Park Police Complaint Filed Alleging Conductor James Levine Molested a Teen Boy
Dexter Carr | 04 December, 2017, 01:00

On Saturday night, The Metropolitan Opera declared that it would launch an investigation for James Levine who is a famed conductor. Initially, it was just uncomfortable hand-holding in Levine's vehicle, he said. General Manager Peter Gelb told the Times that though the investigation is launching now, the Met had been aware of the police report when it was made in October 2016. But eventually, he said Levine would masturbate in front of him and, as he got older, he said the conductor inappropriately touched and fondled him. "He inflicted shame and guilt on me". "I don't know of any incidents while [Levine] was music director of the BSO", said the orchestra member, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of professional repercussions. Last year, he told police in IL that he'd had sexual contact with Levine when he was under the age of 18.

Sandow, in an email to HuffPost on Sunday, confirmed his communication with a Lake Forest police detective in December of 2016 about the allegations of abuse.

With long-silent victims of abuse now speaking out about sexual harassment and predatory behavior by powerful, high-profile men in Hollywood, Congress and the media, it was inevitable that stories would begin to appear about sexual misbehavior in the backstage classical music milieu where conductors wield great power with few consequences for unprofessional behavior.

The conductor, known for his wild hair and revered for his musical talent, has won 10 Grammys and been nominated 37 times. He was music director of the Metropolitan Opera for 40 years and now is director emeritus.

According to the report, the alleged abuse occurred when Levine, now 74, was a conductor at the Ravinia Music Festival in IL.

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"The BSO finds this information deeply disturbing and awaits the findings of further investigations on the matter".

The Opera on Saturday posted a tweet stating: "We are deeply disturbed by the news articles that are being published online today about James Levine".

He made his debut with the Met in 1971 and served as its music director from 1976 until a year ago, when he stepped down due to health problems.

Mr Levine has not commented publicly on the accusations.

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