Metropolitan Opera Responds To James Levine Investigation

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The Metropolitan Opera in NY is to investigate allegations that James Levine, regarded by many as America's greatest conductor, molested a teenager for years.

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.

The report compiled by the Lake Forest, Ill., police department, The New York Times obtained a copy of the reports in which the man said that he was only 15 when Levine put his hand in an "incredibly sensual" manner.

"This first came to the Met's attention when the IL police investigation was opened in October of 2016", Peter Gelb, general manager of the Met, said in a statement to the Times.

The official of Met acknowledged that they had been knowing about the police complaint since 2016, but it is heard that Levine denied the allegation at the time and police hadn't said anything further in the case.

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The alleged abuse began in 1985 when Levine was guest conductor at the Ravinia Music Festival near Chicago. "We will now be conducting our own investigation with outside resources". "We need to determine if these chargers are true and, if they are, take appropriation action".

Levine, who has been beset by back problems and Parkinson's in recent years, returned to a hero's welcome at Ravinia in 2016 and again this past summer. He was trying to seduce me. The lauded maestro has been with the Met for 40 years and led "more than 2,500 performances of 85 different operas since his company debut in 1971 leading Puccini's Tosca". 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".

"On various occasions he would ask me how I touched myself and then he would touch me the way I touched myself", the man wrote in a statement to police, according to the Times "I was never able to be aroused by this".

According to the report the victim said in a written statement "I began seeing a 41-year-old man when I was 15, without really understanding I was really "seeing" him". On Sunday, the BSO released a statement that said it did not know about the allegations against Levine before Saturday.