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City Ballet leader Peter Martins accused of sexual harassment

Peter Martins, who has led the New York City Ballet since the 1980s, has been accused of sexual harassment, the New York Times reported Monday.

Martins, 71, reportedly discussed relationships he had with female dancers; romance between supervisors and subordinates has been prohibited at the City Ballet since 2010.

The Danish choreographer is under investigation by both the City Ballet and the School of the American Ballet.

Martins will not teach his weekly class at the school during the investigation, according to the Times.

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The school did not immediately return a request for comment.

Martins, who danced in the Royal Danish Ballet and the New York City Ballet, took over as Ballet Master in Chief in 1990.

Martins, who danced in the Royal Danish Ballet and the New York City Ballet, took over as Ballet Master in Chief in 1990.

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The School of American Ballet said in a statement to the Times that it had “recently received an anonymous letter making general, non-specific allegations of sexual harassment in the past by Peter Martins at both New York City Ballet and the school.”

“We, together with New York City Ballet, promptly engaged an independent law firm that specializes in such matters to conduct a thorough investigation, despite the anonymous nature of the letter and the lack of specifics,” the statement read.

“Thus far, the investigation has not substantiated the allegations in the letter or discovered any reason to be concerned about student safety.”

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The New York City Ballet did not immediately return a request for comment.

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