Peter Martins, who has led the New York Metropolis Ballet for the reason that 1980s, will reportedly retire amid an investigation into sexual harassment allegations.
Martins, 71, was accused by two dozen former performers who claimed he bullied them and had sexual relationships with a number of dancers.
“Peter has knowledgeable the board of the New York Metropolis Ballet of his intention to retire. We thank Peter for his great contributions to New York Metropolis Ballet as ballet grasp in chief for over three a long time, main the Firm to distinctive creative heights and accomplishments,” Chairman Charles W. Scharf stated in a press release acquired by the New York Occasions.
“On the similar time, the board takes critically the allegations which were made in opposition to him and we anticipate the unbiased investigation of these allegations to be accomplished quickly.”
The Danish choreographer continued to keep up his innocence in a separate letter to the board.
Martins took a go away of absence from each the Metropolis Ballet and the Faculty of the American Ballet after the allegations got here to mild
The New York Metropolis Ballet didn’t instantly return a request for remark.