Levine is now director emeritus at the Met Opera. He also conducted the CSO downtown past year in his first Orchestra Hall appearance in decades.
Levine stepped down as music director of the Met in 2016. Levine served as music director for the Met for 40 years until stepping down in 2016 for health reasons. "We need to determine if these chargers are true and, if they are, take appropriation action".
The Metropolitan Opera announced Saturday night that it has launched an investigation into charges of sexual abuse by Levine while at the Met. Levine continues to conduct performances at the opera company, including concerts of the Verdi Requiem just last week. He told police that he visited Levine on multiple occasions at a nearby hotel, where Levine asked him to remove his clothes.
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. I couldn't see this.
"At the time Jim said that the charges were completely false, and we didn't hear anything further from the police", the Met's general manager, Peter Gelb, told the Times. "Ravinia will take any actions that it deems appropriate following the results of these investigations".
Details of the police report were first reported Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, on the New York Post website.
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 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 report, citing police records, stated that Levine molested a teenager from the time he was 15 years old until the teen was pushed to the brink of suicide.
During Levine's decades-long, illustrious career, he has been nominated for 37 Grammy Awards and has won 10. 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.