The Boston Symphony Orchestra said Sunday that it was never made aware of any allegations of sexual impropriety against conductor James Levine during his eight-year tenure as music director of the BSO.
Levine rose to prominence as the Met Opera's music director.
Citing a police report, the paper alleges the abuse started while Mr Levine, who spent 40 years as music director at the Metropolitan Opera in NY, was guest conductor at the Ravinia Music Festival outside Chicago.
"This first came to the Met's attention when the IL police investigation was opened in October of 2016", Gelb said.
Levine has not publicly commented this weekend on the media reports or the Met's investigation into his alleged misconduct.
In addition to conducting in IL and NY, he served as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for seven seasons. "We need to determine if these chargers are true and, if they are, take appropriation action".More news: Mostly Sunny, Mild Monday
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The Post alleges that there were "hundreds of incidents" by Levine against the teenage victim.
The unnamed victim said in his statement to police "It nearly destroyed my family and almost led me to suicide. We will now be conducting our own investigation with outside resources". He was trying to seduce me.
"I began seeing a 41-year-old man when I was 15, without really understanding I was really "seeing" him". I couldn't see this.
Levine, who has been beset by back problems and Parkinson's in recent years, returned to a hero's welcome at Ravinia in 2016 and again this past summer. But eventually, he said Levine would masturbate in front of him and, as he got older, he said the conductor inappropriately touched and fondled him. The man said that it was the beginning of years of sexual contact against his will with Levine.
With long-silent victims of abuse now speaking out about sexual harassment and predatory behavior by powerful, high-profile men in Hollywood, Congress and the media, it was inevitable that stories would begin to appear about sexual misbehavior in the backstage classical music milieu where conductors wield great power with few consequences for unprofessional behavior.