Met Opera fires conductor James Levine after sexual abuse probe

The Metropolitan Opera in New York has fired famed conductor James Levine after an investigation found evidence that he sexually abused and harassed younger musicians.

James Levine, a towering figure on the American music scene who spent 46 years at the head of the New York Metropolitan Opera, was fired on Monday after an investigation found evidence of sexual abuse and harassment. "The investigation uncovered credible evidence that Mr. Levine had engaged in sexually abusive and harassing conduct both before and during the period when he worked at the Met," the company said in a statement.

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Met Opera fires longtime conductor James Levine after sexual abuse investigation

The Metropolitan Opera said it fired music director emeritus James Levine Monday after three month investigation found "credible evidence" that he "engaged in sexually abusive" conduct toward artists.

In a statement, the Met said the investigation found that Levine, 74, abused "vulnerable artists in the early stages of their careers," adding that it would be impossible for him to continue his working relationship. The statement said rumors that opera's board of directors were involved in a cover-up were "completely unsubstantiated."

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