NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera mentioned in courtroom paperwork Friday that it discovered credible proof that conductor James Levine engaged in sexually abusive or harassing habits with seven people who incorporated beside the point touching and calls for for intercourse acts over a 25-year length.

The Met fired Levine as its song director emeritus on March 12, mentioning proof of misconduct, but it surely didn’t make public any main points. Levine sued the Met 3 days later for breach of contract and defamation, which the opera corporate denies.

The Met filed its answer and counterclaims on Friday in New York Excellent Court docket in Long island. It is looking for $five.86 million in damages for what it referred to as breach of loyalty.

Levine, who turns 75 subsequent month, used to be the Met’s song director and/or inventive director from 1976 to 2016 sooner than the shift to an emeritus place. He used to be suspended on Dec. three after allegations of misconduct in studies via the New York Publish and The New York Instances. He has no longer been charged with any crime.

In its courtroom submitting, the Met claimed it discovered all through its investigation of incorrect habits via Levine from 1975 to 2000. The Met known the people simplest via quantity however described them as together with a musician, an opera singer, an artist, two individuals who have been 16 years outdated and a member of its Younger Artists Program.

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Conductor James Levine, photographed in 2009 sooner than the overall get dressed practice session for ‘Tosca’ on the Metropolitan Opera in New York. (Picture: Mary Altaffer, AP)

 

Levine’s legal professionals filed a solution to the Met’s papers announcing the corporate “has selected to create sensationalized allegations … all of which haven’t any criminal or factual foundation in any respect.”

The Met mentioned it discovered proof of habits that incorporated dialogue of pornography, groping, kissing and mutual masturbation.

In a single example, the Met accused Levine of inappropriately touching a musician beginning in 1979 and 6 extra occasions till 1991. In any other 1985 incident, Levine is accused of groping and kissing an opera singer he used to be giving a trip house in his automotive in opposition to that individual’s will. Levine later positioned the individual in what prestigious program on the Met, the filings said.

In 1986, Levine sexually abused a 16-year-old and organized an estimated $50,000 in bills to the individual via his brother, the filings said.

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