The opera said in a statement that it made a decision to act following "multiple allegations of sexual misconduct by Mr. Levine that took place from the 1960s to the 1980s, including the earlier part of his conducting career at the Met".
The Met said in a statement that day that it had hired Robert J. Cleary, a former US attorney who leads the investigations practice at the law firm Proskauer Rose, to investigate the allegations by three men. "We are working on an investigation with outside resources to determine whether charges of sexual misconduct in the 1980s are true, so that we can take appropriate action", it said in a statement issued Saturday night. Met officials said they were launching an investigation. The statute of limitations had already expired for a possible sex crime in IL, according to the New York Post, which was the first to publish news of Pai's police report.
At the time Jim said that the charges were completely false, and we didn't hear anything further from the police.
Ashok Pai was the first to come forward, in 2016, filing a police report in Illinois, with claims that Levine had "groomed" him after they were introduced at the Ravinia Festival in Ravinia Park, Illinois in 1973 when he was four years old. Met officials said they learned of the police report past year. "This is a tragedy for anyone whose life has been affected".
Levine has yet to comment on any of the allegations. It was expected to be his last appearance at the Met for at least the rest of this year and possibly the foreseeable future. He now works as the opera's music director emeritus, performing on occasion.
The suspension of one of the best-known and most revered figures in the classical music world is the latest bombshell to strike the worlds of culture, politics and media in the wake of allegations of sexual abuse and assault that began with the testimony that brought down film producer Harvey Weinstein.
Levine has struggled with health problems including Parkinson's disease in recent years but was scheduled to conduct several productions this season.
Levine, who retired previous year, served as Ravinia's music director from 1973 to 1993, and he was the music director of the Met for four decades.