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Peter Martins, 71-year-old, is accused by a score of dancers and dancers of verbal and physical abuse.
New York — Peter Martins, who directs the New York City Ballet, will retire after allegations of sexual harassment and ill-treatment, according to an article in the New York Times.
Peter Martins, 71-year-old, is accused by a score of dancers and dancers of verbal and physical abuse. He is also accused of having abused his authority to get some of them sexual relations.
“I denied it and I continued to deny having had any of the bad behavior of this kind “, wrote Peter Martins in a letter to the board of directors of the ballet including the New York Times has seen a copy.
“We thank Peter for his tremendous contribution to the New York City Ballet as head of ballet for more than three decades,” said the president of the board of directors Charles W. Scharf in a statement quoted by the New York Times.
Peter Martins, a Danish, is the subject of an investigation from the sending of an anonymous letter, in which were a number of charges.
A group of dancers then contacted the New York Times to carry other charges on alleged facts dating back to 1983.
Former first dancer, Peter Martins co-led the company from 1983 before being appointed director of ballet in 1989.
Since the revelations early October for the producer of hollywood Harvey Weinstein, the accusations of sexual harassment or assault of succeeding in the entertainment industry, politics and media.
In early December, the Metropolitan Opera of New York has suspended all collaboration with music director emeritus, the famous conductor James Levine, 74 years old, accused of sexual assault alleged to have been committed in the 1980s. On the 24th of December, the Montreal symphony Orchestra has announced the opening of an internal investigation for accusations of sexual harassment against the swiss conductor Charles Dutoit.