NEW YORK — The Metropolitan Opera said in court documents Friday that it found credible evidence that conductor James Levine engaged in sexually abusive or harassing conduct with seven people that included inappropriate touching and demands for sex acts over a 25-year period.
The Met fired Levine as its music director emeritus on March 12, citing evidence of misconduct.
Levine sued the Met three days later for breach of contract and defamation.
Levine, who turns 75 next month, was the Met’s music director and/or artistic director from 1976 to 2016 before the shift to an emeritus position, and was also music director for the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 2004 to 2011.
In its court filing, the Met claimed it learned during its investigation of improper conduct by Levine from 1975 to 2000.
The Met described the individuals as including a musician, an opera singer, an artist, two people who were 16 years old, and a member of its Young Artists Program.