LONDON – Famend conductor Charles Dutoit on Saturday denied critical accusations of sexual misconduct which have precipitated main symphonies in Europe, Australia and the US to droop relationships with him.
Dutoit’s workplace issued a press release saying the allegations “have completely no foundation in fact” and vowed to mount a significant protection. The Related Press reported earlier this week that three singers and a musician had accused him of sexual assault.
His first response to the allegations was defiant.
“The allegations made in opposition to me are as surprising to me as they’re to my mates and colleagues. I don’t acknowledge the person or the actions being described within the media,” he mentioned in a press release emailed to the Related Press.
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“While casual bodily contact is commonplace within the arts world as a mutual gesture of friendship, the intense accusations made involving coercion and compelled bodily contact have completely no foundation in fact. I’m taking authorized recommendation and plan to meaningfully defend myself and I imagine inside this present local weather, media accusations on critical bodily abuse don’t assist society sort out these points correctly if the claims are actually not true.”
The 81-year-old Dutoit is creative director and principal conductor on the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. The orchestra mentioned Friday it had collectively determined with Dutoit to alleviate him of upcoming live performance obligations.
The Philadelphia Orchestra, its chief conductor from 2008-12, later Friday additionally minimize ties with Dutoit and mentioned in a press release it has eliminated Dutoit’s title of conductor laureate following the allegations of sexual misconduct.
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It delivered to eight the variety of main symphonies which have ended lengthy relationships with Dutoit since Thursday when The Related Press revealed a narrative with graphic sexual assault accusations by the 4 girls.
The Sydney, Boston and San Francisco symphonies additionally introduced they had been reducing ties with Dutoit, citing the “critical nature of the allegations” detailed by the AP. In the meantime, orchestras in New York, Chicago and Cleveland rapidly launched statements saying that Dutoit has withdrawn his companies for upcoming concert events.