After reports that James Levine allegedly molested a teenager over the course of a number of years the Metropolitan Opera has released the following statement on social media,
“We are deeply disturbed by the news articles that are being published online today about James Levine. 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.”
The New York Post first published the story early today after having acquired a police report. 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. It nearly destroyed my family and almost led me to suicide. I felt alone and afraid. He was trying to seduce me. I couldn’t see this. Now I can.”
James Levine is currently set to conduct a revival of “Il Trovatore,” and a new production of “Tosca” at the Metropolitan Opera. He will also conduct “Luisa Miller” with Placido Domingo and Sonya Yoncheva.