OPERA NEWS - Metropolitan Opera and James Levine Settle Legal Claims
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6 August 2019

Metropolitan Opera and James Levine Settle Legal Claims

THE NEW YORK TIMES  reported today that the Metropolitan Opera and its former music director James Levine have settled their legal claims against each other. 

Levine was terminated by the Met in March 2018 after a three-month investigation by outside counsel found what it called "credible evidence that he had had engaged in sexually abusive and harassing conduct both before and during the period when he worked at the company." 

Following his dismissal as the company's Music Director Emeritus and Artistic Director of its young artist program, Levine filed a suit against the Metropolitan Opera in New York State Supreme Court citing breach of contract and defamation, and seeking more than $5.8 million based on his salary and per-performance fee. A counterclaim filed by the Met in State Supreme Court in Manhattan accused Levine of violating his duties to the company and injuring the institution's reputation with his alleged misconduct. 

In March, a judge dismissed most of Levine's defamation clams, but his breach of contract claims were allowed to proceed, with Levine's lawyers stating in court papers that his contract contained no clause allowing the company to remove him on the basis of "alleged or actual misconduct or wrongdoing.” Levine's lawyers have denied all actuations made against him. 

With the settlement, neither party will continue with its respective suit. 

The terms of the resolution between Levine and Met were not disclosed, and, according to the New York Times, neither side would comment on the details. Tim McKeough, a Met spokesman, reportedly wrote in an email to the Times that he could not comment except to say that the “legal dispute with James Levine has been resolved, and as a result the case will not be moving forward.” spacer 

More information can be found at the New York Times.

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