New York City Ballet's investigation of Peter Martins has failed to corroborate accusations of sexual harassment or physical abuse, according to a statement https://t.co/OekI8FCRmN— New York Times Arts (@nytimesarts) February 16, 2018
I interrupt this beautiful Black Panther weekend for these disgusting news.
This is a follow up to my Ballet posts here and here. I’ve shared all the background there, so you can refer back if you haven’t heard but the short version is this:
- Peter Martins, former director of the New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet was accused of assault, sexual harassment and other incidents through an anonymous letter to the board of the company.
- The board hires a law firm to conduct an independent investigation.
- Many, many dancers come out with distressing stories of abuse, in multiple instances, over different stages of their careers at NYCB/SAB, taking place in many different years. Many of them speak to the investigating law firm and discuss the ways in which it’s evident that it’s not impartial and not treating victims properly while also not making the investigation records open to those interviewed.
- The vice chairman of the board, Sarah Jessica Parker wears #TimesUp movement button, pays lip service to the initiative and donates.
Last Thursday, the board announces that the investigation is over and here are the results:
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