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

Met conductor accused of molesting teen report

Legendary conductor James Levine is now the subject of an investigation by New York's Metropolitan Opera after allegations of sexual abuse by Levine surfaced Saturday, according to the New York Times and other media outlets.

Regarded by many as America's greatest conductor, Levine has served for 40 years as music director at the Metropolitan Opera in NY.

The newly disclosed report is not the first instance of allegations against Levine; a 1987 Times piece referenced rumors of the conductor's "private life", to which Levine said he did not have "the faintest idea where those rumors came from or what goal they served".

It's understood, the alleged victim's claims, to police in 2016, come nine years after the statute of limitations in IL have expired. "The alleged victim informed a former Met Opera board member of the alleged abuse in 2016 and she alerted the Met's general manager, yet Levine continued to wield his baton".

James Levine pauses as he looks over the stage and conductor's podium in Boston's Symphony Hall after being announced as the next conductor and music director of The Boston Symphony Orchestra October 29, 2001 at a news conference in Boston. "We will now be conducting our own investigation with outside resources".

He also said that his relationship with Levine extended well into adulthood and that the composer gave him money over the years when he was having financial problems, amounting to more than $50,000. "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".

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"It nearly destroyed my family and almost led me to suicide", he said of the alleged abuse in the police report.

Details of the police report were first reported Saturday on the website of the New York Post. He was trying to seduce me.

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. I couldn't see this.

The victim claimed in his report that similar behavior went on for years. At the time, he said, Levine said he wouldn't send him money anymore.

Levine becomes the latest in a litany of prominent men in the arts, the media and politics to have accusations of sexual misconduct surface. He was music director of the Metropolitan Opera for 40 years and now is director emeritus.

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