AMSTERDAM (REUTERS) – The chief conductor at Amsterdam’s famend Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Daniele Gatti, has been fired due to allegations of sexual harassment, the orchestra stated on Thursday (Aug 2).
Gatti dismissed the allegations as a “smear campaign” and stated he had requested his legal professionals to guard his repute.
“He asked me to inform all media that he is extremely surprised and that he firmly denies all sorts of allegations,” an announcement despatched by legal professional Alberto Borbon stated.
The allegations first arose in an article on July 26 within the Washington Post, by which feminine singers accused Gatti of groping and different inappropriate sexual behaviour.
Gatti joined the Concertgebouw Orchestra in September 2016.
“Since the publication of the article in the Washington Post, a number of female colleagues of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra reported experiences with Gatti, which are inappropriate considering his position as chief conductor,” the orchestra stated in an announcement.
“The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra has terminated the cooperation with chief conductor Daniele Gatti with immediate effect.”
The accusations have “irreparably damaged the relationship of trust between the orchestra and the chief conductor” and Gatti will likely be changed by different conductors in all upcoming live shows, it stated.
Gatti is the primary worldwide determine within the Netherlands to come underneath scrutiny by the #MeToo social motion, which has sought to carry accountable male business leaders, politicians and entertainers for sexual misconduct, resulting in resignations in main firms, Hollywood and amongst lawmakers.
Gatti was accused within the Post article of assaulting two ladies in his dressing rooms, one in Chicago and one in Bologna, Italy within the 1990s.