Met conductor accused of molesting teen

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NEW YORK: James Levine, legendary music director for 40 years at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, has been accused of molesting a teenage boy in the 1980s, The New York Post reported Saturday. The allegations come with the United States reeling from a firestorm of sexual misconduct claims that have ended a litany of powerful careers and rocked US industries from Hollywood to news to politics. A now 48-year-old man went to police in 2016 to accuse Levine of molesting him from the age of 15 in 1985, saying the abuse lasted until 1993 and led him to the brink of suicide, the Post reported. Levine, 74, retired as Met music director at the end of the 2015-16 season for health reasons but remains music director emeritus at the prestigious New York opera house.

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