Conductor James Levine facing sexual abuse allegations

Conductor James Levine facing sexual abuse allegations

The alleged victim, whose name was not published by The New York Post, filed a report with the Lake Forest Police Department in October 2016.

According to the report, the alleged abuse occurred when Levine, now 74, was a conductor at the Ravinia Music Festival in IL.

The alleged abuse continued for several years, according to the report filed in October of last year. The investigation is based on a 2016 Lake Forest, Ill. police report by a man, who remains anonymous, who claims Levine began abusing him three decades ago when the man was a teenager.

Details of the police report were first reported Saturday on the website of the New York Post. In his complaint, the victim also detailed how Levine masturbated in front of him and kissed his penis.

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. "We'll now be conducting our own investigation with outside resources". "We are working on an investigation with outside resources to determine whether charges of sexual misconduct in the 1980s are true, so that we can take appropriate action", it said in a statement issued Saturday night. Levine is now director emeritus at the Met Opera.

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The conductor is accused of an inappropriate relationship with a boy beginning when the boy was 15 years old and lasting for years, pushing the alleged victim to the brink of suicide, the Boston Globe reports. At the time, he said, Levine said he wouldn't send him money anymore.

Levine did not immediately respond to requests for comment made through the Met and his manager on Sunday. "Now I can", the man has said. According to the police report, Greg Sandow, who writes about classical music and was questioned by police, told a detective that two other men had contacted him with similar allegations of abuse by Levine.

"The BSO finds this information deeply disturbing and awaits the findings of further investigations on the matter".

Longtime music director James Levine will be departing the Metropolitan Opera for health reasons.

Levine, who once led the BSO, has been accused of molesting IL teenager decades ago.

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