The Metropolitan Opera is facing backlash after it was revealed that the company took one year to suspend conductor James Levine after it learned of sexual abuse accusations against him.
The New York Times published interviews with three men who say there were sexually abused by Levine when they were teenagers
In response to the report, the opera company said it was suspending its relationship with Levine, 74, its music director from 1976 through 2016. Levine’s firing, however, came more than year after a police detective in Illinois first reached out to the opera company.
The detective from the department in Lake Forest, Illinois, first contacted the opera in October 2016 and said she was investigating an allegation made by a New York man, Ashok Pai, who reported that Levine sexually abused him in Illinois when he was 16.
The Met’s general manager, Peter Gelb, said he briefed leaders on the opera company’s board about the investigation and also spoke to Levine, who denied the…