James Levine, 'America's Greatest Conductor,' is Under Investigation Following Sexual Abuse Allegations

The lawsuit alleges that'hundreds of incidents occurred at the Deer Path Inn in Lake Forest Illinois. The alleged victim and Levine met while the conductor was working at the Ravinia Music Festival which is held in nearby Highland Park

The lawsuit alleges that'hundreds of incidents occurred at the Deer Path Inn in Lake Forest Illinois. The alleged victim and Levine met while the conductor was working at the Ravinia Music Festival which is held in nearby Highland Park

The Metropolitan Opera on Saturday said they would open an investigation into the sexual assault allegations against Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) conductor James Levine.

A man, who has not been publicly identified, accused Levine of sexual abuse that began in 1985, when he was 15, and continued for years, according to a police report obtained by the New York Times and New York Post.

The alleged victim, who remains anonymous, reportedly shared his allegations with a former board member of the Metropolitan Opera, where Levine, now 74, served as music director for roughly four decades and currently holds the title of director emeritus.

The allegations against Levine originally appeared in The New York Post Saturday night.

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When asked whether the BSO planned to conduct an investigation of its own into whether any sexual misconduct may have occurred during Levine's tenure as music director, a spokesperson for the BSO said the Boston symphony was not now conducting a review.

Then, in 1985, Levine became physical with the boy in a auto after dropping him off at home, the New York Post reported.

"Levine was not a person you ever said no to", the man told police.

The man told police he last spoke with Levine in 2014.

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Lauer as "a dear, dear friend", and said she was "heartbroken for the courageous colleague who came forward to tell her story". Lauer says in the statement: "Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized".

In a tweet, the Met said it was "deeply disturbed" by the claims published online and was investigating "with outside resources" in order to take appropriate action.

Levine becomes the latest in a litany of prominent men in the arts, the media and politics to have accusations of sexual misconduct surface.

During Levine's decades-long, illustrious career, he has been nominated for 37 Grammy Awards and has won 10. The lauded maestro has been with the Met for 40 years and led "more than 2,500 performances of 85 different operas since his company debut in 1971 leading Puccini's Tosca". The allegations come with the United States reeling from a firestorm of sexual misconduct claims that have ended a litany of powerful careers and rocked USA industries from Hollywood to news to politics. "Mr. Levine has not conducted the BSO since January 2011 and is not scheduled to conduct the orchestra at any time in the future", the statement posted to Twitter reads.

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