NEW YORK • After accusations of sexual harassment and bodily and verbal abuse, Peter Martins, the highly effective chief of New York City Ballet who formed the company for greater than three many years, has determined to retire.
“I have denied, and continue to deny, that I have engaged in any such misconduct,” Martins, 71, stated of the accusations in a letter dated on Monday informing the board of his retirement, which takes impact instantly.
Martins, who has been on depart because the company investigates his actions, added: “I cooperated fully in the investigation and understand it will be completed shortly. I believe its findings would have vindicated me.”
Mr Charles W. Scharf, chairman of the ballet’s board, issued a press release thanking Martins for his contributions, however famous that the investigation is constant.
Board members had been instructed of his determination in a conference name on Monday night, when in addition they learnt that he had been arrested final Thursday for driving whereas intoxicated in Westchester County, New York, in keeping with an individual with data of the assembly who requested anonymity.
In 2011, Martins pleaded responsible to driving whereas intoxicated.
In his letter, he stated the abuse and harassment allegations by dancers “exacted a painful toll on me and my family”. He stated he had determined to retire to “bring an end to this disruption”.
In latest interviews, 24 men and women – all former dancers on the company or its college – described a tradition of intimidation underneath Martins, which they stated has harm the careers of generations of performers.
But different dancers have defended him.