Conductor James Levine molested 15-year-old, claims Police report

Met Opera to investigate alleged conductor teen abuse

The Metropolitan Opera in New York City has opened an investigation into sexual abuse claims made against its conductor, James Levine. He rose to music director at the Metropolitan Opera in 1976 and held the position until April 2016.

The man told police in Lake Forest, Illinois that the misconduct started in 1985 when he was 15 and Levine was in his early 40s.

The statute of limitations for a potential sex crime in IL expired nine years before the alleged victim came forward against Levine in 2016, reports the Post.

The Post said the opera company's general manager was informed of the allegations in 2016.

Gelb's statement came hours after New York Post published a report detailing the allegations against the American conductor.

The newly disclosed report is not the first instance of allegations against Levine; a 1987 Times piece referenced rumors of the conductor's "private life", to which Levine said he did not have "the faintest idea where those rumors came from or what goal they served".

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Police investigated the matter and turned their findings over to the Lake County State's Attorney, the Post said.

The accuser, whose name is being withheld by The Associated Press, contacted reporters from several news organizations and posted a handful of items on social media accusing Levine of abusing him when he was young. "I was very uncomfortable".

He also said that his relationship with Levine extended well into adulthood and that the composer gave him money over the years when he was having financial problems, amounting to more than $50,000. I felt alone and afraid. The alleger explains in the report that the misconduct continued as he sought a mentorship from the famed conductor, who had promised to see if he could "be raised special like me". "Now I can", the paper quoted him as telling police.

Since a torrent of sexual assault allegations broke against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in early October, a torrent of misconduct claims have shattered the careers of a growing list of powerful men, including Oscar victor Kevin Spacey, comedian C.K. Louis and morning television news anchors Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose.

The abuse intensified over time as Levine allegedly touched himself and the minor sexually "hundreds of times".

Nominated for 37 Grammy Awards and victor of 10, Levine also conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for Disney's "Fantasia 2000" movie.

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