James Levine, the conductor, who was terminated after sexual misconduct investigation, suing the Metropolitan Opera

James Levine filed a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Opera about a sexual misconduct investigation that sank his legendary career.


The famous conductor James Levine, who was fired Monday after a sexual misconduct investigation affected his career, has called on the Metropolitan Opera Thursday, demanded the company used baseless allegations to tarnish him and stop him without even a phone call.

“Cynical hijacking of the good will of the #MeToo movement,” and the general director, Peter Gelb, “brutally seized on the allegations as a pretext to end a long-running personal campaign to force Levine from the met,” said Levine’s suit, filed in a Manhattan state court.

The suit accuses the met and Gelb of slander and breach of contract. It wants at least $5.8 million in damages, and “to recover from Levine’ s name, reputation and career.”


Levine, who made his Met debut in 1971 and was one of the signature of the artists in the company of the 135-year history, was fired after the accounts in the New York Post and The New York Times of sexual misconduct dating back to the 1960s. At least four men came forward to accuse Levine of sexual misconduct.

Levine, 74, called the claims unfounded.

The suit claims that one of Levine’s accusers sent him friendly letters for decades after their alleged meeting, which never accused him of injustice, and even talked of a visit.

The events have brought control to Meet, as well as Levine. The Met faced with questions about why it not rather mainly because a detective contacted the company in October 2016, about a police investigation into Levine.

The Met decided to investigate the Levine within announcing Monday it has “discovered credible evidence that Mr. Levine had engaged in sexual abuse and intimidating behavior, both before and during the period when he worked at the met.”


“The research also discovered credible evidence that Mr. Levine working with sexual abuse and intimidating behaviour to vulnerable artists in the early stages of their careers, about who Mr. Levine had authority,” the statement read. “In the light of these findings, it is with the conclusion that it would be inappropriate and it would be impossible for Mr. Levine to continue to work with.”

The conductor was considered to be the best in America. He was so generally known, he was given a starring role in the film ” Fantasia 2000.” He stepped down as the chief conductor of two years as a result of Parkinson’s disease.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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