Metropolitan Opera Fires Former Music Director James Levine

James Levine in 2009

In December, Levine was suspended from his posts as music director emeritus and head of its young artist program; he was sacked this week after an internal investigation revealed "sexually abusive and harassing conduct". An internal investigation included interviews with more than 70 people.

Even before the accusations, the Met had been moving toward a post-Levine era.

"Mr. Levine will not be involved in any Met activities, including conducting scheduled performances at the Met this season", the Met said in a statement at that time.

Fittingly perhaps, his final Met appearance was conducting Verdi's "Requiem" in December.

The New York Post first reported about a 2016 police report in IL that alleged that Levine abused a boy starting in 1985 when the purported victim was 15. The Met also appointed attorney Robert J. Cleary, a former USA attorney and the current head of the investigations practice at the Proskauer Rose law firm, to lead the investigation into the allegations that took place from the 1960s to 1980s.

Putin says he gave order to shoot down passenger plane in 2014
Putin adds that he has been informed by security officers that the procedure in such a situation is to take off the plane. He also called the speech of Putin on the nuclear weapons "disappointing but not unexpected" for the Pentagon.

At the time, the Met indicated that there were multiple allegations against Levine.

The Met reported, however, that they found no substantiating evidence that the Met's management or its board of directors "engaged in a cover-up of information". He alleged that the much-older Levine fondled his penis when he was a teenager and masturbated naked in front of him, describing hundreds of incidents. Levine was to begin a five-year term as Conductor Laureate in the summer of 2018.

The man, who is now 48 and whose name has not been revealed, said the abuse continued for years and drove him to the brink of suicide.

Ashok Pai said he had been abused by Levine for years, beginning in 1986 near the Ravinia Festival in IL, when he was 16. Three decades later - after, Pai said, therapy had helped him realize how destructive those encounters had been - he detailed his accusations in the fall of 2016 to the Lake Forest Police Department in IL. Levine served as music director at the Ravinia Festival - in Highland Park, Illinois north of Chicago - from 1973 to 1993. Law enforcement officials said past year that they would not bring criminal charges against Levine, noting that while the state's age of consent is now 17 - and 18 in some cases - it was still 16 in 1986.

Related News:

  • Lakers show LeBron what they've got in 127-113 win

    Lakers show LeBron what they've got in 127-113 win

    The Lakers' exciting performance against Cleveland underlined that notion, for whatever it's worth in James' mind. Seven Raptors players hit more than 10 points, with Kyle Lowry finishing on 16, four rebounds and seven assists.
    (UPDATED) Barrie Police arrest 18 people in connection to drug trafficking investigation

    (UPDATED) Barrie Police arrest 18 people in connection to drug trafficking investigation

    During their investigation police said officers arrested three men and seized drugs that included the powerful opioid fentanyl. Haye said manslaughter charges are also being considered. "Why they do it, I can speculate it, but I'm not sure", he said.
    Bolton guides Aussie eves to 8-wkt win over India

    Bolton guides Aussie eves to 8-wkt win over India

    She scored a hundred on her ODI debut. "We've picked a number of players in good form from our WBBL competition". While facing 50 deliveries, Raut struck six boundaries and a six. "This is pretty special", she said.
  • Ex - CM in illegal tax racket in Nagaland

    Ex - CM in illegal tax racket in Nagaland

    A notice sent to Zeliang on March 11 has asked him to appear before the investigating officer at the NIA headquarters in Delhi. According to reports, NIA has summoned Zeliang to appear before its officials on March 13, i.e on Tuesday.
    Martin Shkreli Sentenced To 7 Years For Securities Fraud

    Martin Shkreli Sentenced To 7 Years For Securities Fraud

    Attorney Jacquelyn Kasulis said Friday that the judge must also consider the history and characteristics of the defendant. Martin Shkreli has been sentenced by Judge Kiyo Matsumoto to seven years in prison for defrauding investors .
    Congress MLA flings headphone in Telangana Assembly, injures council head

    Congress MLA flings headphone in Telangana Assembly, injures council head

    Earlier, Congress members gathered around the podium holding placards and started shouting slogans against the government. The agitated Congress MLAs then tore copies of the governor's speech into pieces and threw them at the podium.
  • Bengals are trading for Cordy Glenn

    Bengals are trading for Cordy Glenn

    In terms of the value on the NFL Trade Value Chart, the Bills are getting roughly a mid-second round pick back for Glenn. It resulted in him signing a five-year, $65 million contract with the team during the 2016 off-season.
    Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos soiled himself during win over Eibar

    Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos soiled himself during win over Eibar

    Barcelona eased off in the second half with its Champions League match against Chelsea at Camp Nou looming on Wednesday. He walked off the pitch and was replaced by Nacho Fernandez.
    Team17 to publish sci-fi platformer Planet Alpha

    Team17 to publish sci-fi platformer Planet Alpha

    Debbie Bestwick, Team17's CEO adds: "At their best video games can take us to different worlds on unbelievable journeys". What are your thoughts on the trailer so far? Rocket down to the comments below and let us know.
  • 'Dear President Trump': Jerry Brown invites Donald to Fresno

    'Dear President Trump': Jerry Brown invites Donald to Fresno

    On Tuesday, Trump will be making his first trip to California since assuming the presidency in January 2017. Finally, Trump will head up to Los Angeles to attend a campaign fundraiser in Beverly Hills.
    President Buhari anxious  by attacks in Benue

    President Buhari anxious by attacks in Benue

    Ortom said that many states were now involved in massive cultivation of rice, and urged his people to join the trend. While he commiserated with the people over the killings, he described the attacks and bloodshed as unfortunate.
    Crufts winner's ceremony interrupted live on TV by animal rights protestors

    Crufts winner's ceremony interrupted live on TV by animal rights protestors

    PETA UK tweeted a clip of the stage invasion a few hours later, claiming activists were protesting against "extreme breeding". The man and woman were quickly chased down and tackled by security before being led away to huge applause from the crowd.


Most liked

DGCA orders grounding of 8 IndiGo, 3 GoAir aircraft over engine issues
Clarifying its position, Pratt & Whitney in a statement said: "We are working closely with our customers to minimize disruption". After DGCA's regulations, the IndiGo airlines have ascertained that none of these affected engines shall be operated by IndiGo.

Colombia's Santos Plans to Restart Talks with ELN Rebels
Since the Farc took up arms against the state in 1964, some 220,000 people were killed and over seven million displaced.

Hearthstone: 6 new cards from the new 'Witchwood' expansion
The Witchwood is now available for pre-purchase on Blizzard's store for $49.99 and comes with 70 decks filled with new cards. To make things more fair, players will be able to pick up upgrades to their deck after each battle.

Ohio State headed to the "Big Dance" as a 5-seed
Ohio State finished the regular season 24-8, earned second place in the Big Ten, and enter the NCAA tournament ranked 20th in RPI. On the season, South Dakota State basketball averages 84.9 points, 39.0 rebounds and 13.5 assists per game.

Tesla suspended production of Model 3 briefly in late February
Rmb Capital Management Llc sold 30,240 shares as the company's stock declined 4.48% while stock markets rallied. About 760,262 shares traded or 17.37% up from the average. $141,754 worth of Tesla, Inc . (NASDAQ:ADSK).

'Farewell, Washington:' Kirk Cousins says goodbye to Redskins fans in blog post
The Vikings , Bills, Jets, Broncos and Cardinals are among the teams most desperate for quarterback help this offseason. I am filled with gratitude over the unwavering support and devotion from you, the fans, both on and off the field.

Roger Federer wins rain-delayed match
Moreover, Djokovic was handed just his fifth defeat to a player outside the Top 100 of the ATP Rankings in the past decade. He and 10th seed Djokovic both came into the tournament seeking to become the first six-time victor of the event.

House Intel Panel Will Announce End Of Russia Probe Interviews Monday
Adam Schiff of California, the committee's senior Democrat and a former federal prosecutor, said in a recent statement. The committee reportedly interviewed its final witness, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, last week.

Wild day of trades has Browns fans losing their heads — Twitter reaction
Landry led the National Football League with 112 receptions and finished with a career-high nine touchdowns and 987 yards. Still, Dorsey would not have the money or draft picks to spend if not for the sacrifices for instant success Brown made.

Major League Baseball rumors: Yankees sign Neil Walker
Wade, who has impressed in spring training, could remain on the Opening Day roster along with Torreyes as utilitymen. Walker batted.265/.362/.439 with 14 home runs and 49 RBI in 111 games last season between the Mets and Brewers.

Arsenal star Aubameyang left irked by Europa League ruling
Watford almost hit back four minutes later but Petr Cech produced a good save to deny Abdoulaye Doucoure from just inside the box. Cech alertly kept out Richarlison's dipping free-kick, but Roberto Pereyra should have done better than blaze the rebound over.

Gas price down slightly as market remains volatile
But DeHaan said while prices have remained in a middle ground analysis are expecting a surge in the months ahead. Local prices are higher than the national average of $2.51 per gallon, which is down 1 cent from a week ago .

Russian forces foil drone attack on Russian-run base in Syria
Macron was speaking to the press during a news conference in India where he addressed the ongoing conflict in war-torn Syria. Guterres was briefing the Security Council on implementation of the resolution 15 days after its unanimous adoption.

Google Duo adds video messaging service
Like we said the "request money" option is to be added and Google is probably testing these features by the server-side switches. When you have a video call not attended or declined, Duo will now leave you with a new option of sending a video message.

Tom Brady: Family will play a big part in retirement decision
If the sight of blood makes you queasy, then you're going to want to leave this story now because things are about to get bloody. Gronk didn't play in the second half due to a concussion, but said he was feeling better when Gisele asked for an update.