NY Metropolitan Opera Conductor Accused of Child Sex Abuse

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

The Metropolitan Opera has asked an outside agency to investigate James Levine, and has suspended him.

Now, in the most distant sex abuse allegation yet, Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine has been accused in lurid detail of teen molestation as far back as the sixties. The accusations are extremely detailed and graphic. The New York Times manages to report the allegations without once using words like “homosexual” or “gay.”

I don’t know if the accusations are true, but if they are, it is quite likely others will come forward.

The NY Times reports, “Met Opera Suspends James Levine After New Sexual Abuse Accusations.

The Metropolitan Opera suspended James Levine, its revered conductor and former music director, on Sunday after three men came forward with accusations that Mr. Levine sexually abused them decades ago, when the men were teenagers.

Peter Gelb, the general manager of the Met, announced that the company was suspending its four-decade relationship with Mr. Levine, 74, and canceling his upcoming conducting engagements after learning from The New York Times on Sunday about the accounts of the three men, who described a series of similar sexual encounters beginning in the late 1960s. The Met has also asked an outside law firm to investigate Mr. Levine’s behavior.

“While we await the results of the investigation, based on these news reports the Met has made the decision to act now,” Mr. Gelb said in an interview, adding that the Met’s board supported his actions. “This is a tragedy for anyone whose life has been affected.”

The accusations of sexual misconduct stretch back to 1968.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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