Conductor James Levine facing sexual abuse allegations

Levine has not yet commented on the allegations. The victim's police statement reads'Emotionally I have been hurt by this and confused and paralyzed

Levine has not yet commented on the allegations. The victim's police statement reads'Emotionally I have been hurt by this and confused and paralyzed

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. He has continued to conduct in recent years from a motorised wheelchair.

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

The Met tweeted on Saturday evening that it was "deeply disturbed by the news" about Levine and announced their investigation with "outside resources to determine whether charges of sexual misconduct in the 1980s are true, so that we can take appropriate action".

James Levine is now set to conduct a revival of "Il Trovatore", and a new production of "Tosca" at the Metropolitan Opera. He told police that he visited Levine on multiple occasions at a nearby hotel, where Levine asked him to remove his clothes.

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According to a Lake Forest police report obtained by the NYT and The New York Post, "The alleged abuse began while Levine was guest conductor at the Ravinia Music Festival in Highland Park, beginning in 1985".

"It nearly destroyed my family and almost led me to suicide", he said of the alleged abuse in the police report. He was trying to seduce me. The alleger explains in the report that the misconduct continued as he sought a mentorship from the famed conductor, who had promised to see if he could "be raised special like me". "At the time, Jim said that the charges were completely false, and we didn't hear anything further from the police". We need to determine if these charges are true and, if they are, take appropriate action.

Though the man reported the abuse several years after the statue of limitations had expired, the Lake Forest police opened an investigation and referred their findings to the Lake County States Attorney, the Post said.

The victim claimed in his report that similar behavior went on for years.

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The victim also alleged his relationship with Levine lasted for decades, and says he was given $50,000 up until 2014.

The BSO said Levine has not conducted the orchestra since January 2011, and he "is not scheduled to conduct the orchestra at any time in the future". "Now I can", the man has said.

The conductor, known for his wild hair and revered for his musical talent, has won 10 Grammys and been nominated 37 times.

Metropolitan Opera general manager Peter Gelb confirmed Saturday that the Met was made aware of the allegations in 2016 and is now investigating the matter.

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Levine had previously been accused of molesting a teenage boy in the Northern suburbs.

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