Published: Mon, December 04, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

Police Complaint Filed Alleging Conductor James Levine Molested a Teen Boy

Police Complaint Filed Alleging Conductor James Levine Molested a Teen Boy

James Levine, the former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, is being investigated for allegations of sexual abuse. Initially, it was just uncomfortable hand-holding in Levine's vehicle, he said.

"At the time, Mr. Levine said that the charges were completely false, and we relied upon the further investigation of the police", Gelb said in a statement to the Globe. "He inflicted shame and guilt on me. Emotionally I have been hurt by this and confused and paralyzed". "I don't know of any incidents while [Levine] was music director of the BSO", said the orchestra member, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of professional repercussions.

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.

Sandow, in an email to HuffPost on Sunday, confirmed his communication with a Lake Forest police detective in December of 2016 about the allegations of abuse.

Levine did not immediately respond to a HuffPost request for comment through a representative.

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The accusations against Levine, among the most prominent classical music conductors in the world, are the latest in a stream of sexual misconduct charges involving high-profile men in entertainment and the media that have rocked the nation since accusations against film mogul Harvey Weinstein were reported in October.

The conductor, known for his wild hair and revered for his musical talent, has won 10 Grammys and been nominated 37 times. He was a Kennedy Center honoree in 2002 for his artistic contributions and was presented the award by then-President George W. Bush. He is now the opera's director emeritus.

Levine made his Met debut in 1971 and was named music director the following year.

The Opera on Saturday posted a tweet stating: "We are deeply disturbed by the news articles that are being published online today about James Levine".

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.

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