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New York's Metropolitan Opera on Monday fired its music director emeritus, James Levine, after an investigation that turned up "credible evidence" that he had engaged in sexual harassment during his career.

The Met opened an investigation previous year into James Levine, following reports that he abused a teenage boy decades ago.

One of the world's most celebrated conductors has seen his career end in disgrace after he was found to have engaged in "sexually abusive and harassing conduct" and sacked from the New York Metropolitan Opera.

"In light of these findings, the Met concludes that it would be inappropriate and impossible for Mr. Levine to continue to work at the Met", it said in the statement.

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Yesterday Mr Levine, 74, was sacked as the Met's director emeritus, a job he was given following his retirement in 2016 as music director, a position he held for more than 40 years.

The Met reported, however, that they found no substantiating evidence that the Met's management or its board of directors "engaged in a cover-up of information".

We thank the more than 70 individuals who were interviewed during the course of the investigation. Charles Dutoit, the former music director of the Orchestre de Montreal and a prominent guest conductor around the globe, has also been alleged to be a perpetrator.

The Met said in its statement that it had ended its relationship with Levine because of his sexually harassing and abusive conduct over decades.

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Yannick Nezet-Seguin was hired two years ago to replace Levine as music director starting in 2020-21, but last month the Met said it had moved up the start of his tenure to next season.

The conductor in an earlier statement called the allegations against him "unfounded", saying he was not an "oppressor or an aggressor".

But some questions arose early on about how the company had handled the case, including the fact that it began its investigation more than a year after Peter Gelb, its general manager, was first told that police in IL were investigating an accusation that Levine had sexually abused a teenage boy there in the 1980s.

He said he was reaching out to police in Lake Forest because some of his encounters with Levine took place there in the mid-1980s.

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