Allegations of a sexual nature: Charles Dutoit denies any
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LONDON | Accused of sexually assaulting three female singers of the opera and a musician, the chief conductor of international renown Charles Dutoit denies everything.
Mr. Dutoit has responded Saturday to the Associated Press article, published Thursday, in which four women talk about the behaviour of the conductor at their place.
“The allegations against me are a shock to me and to my friends and colleagues, said Mr. Dutoit, in a statement obtained by the Telegraph of London. I do not recognize the man or the actions described in the media.”
“While the physical contact of informal is something common in the world of the arts as a gesture of mutual friendship, the serious accusations that have been made that involve coercion, and physical contact forced have nothing to do with the truth.”
In his message, Charles Dutoit, who is now 81 years old, said that he would obtain legal advice regarding the situation, and that he will defend himself with force.
The four women interviewed by the Associated Press argue that the sexual behaviors moved by Charles Dutoit took place between 1985 and 2010 in the margin of the rehearsals and performance in five u.s. cities, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, and Saratoga Springs in the State of New York.
It is the mezzo-soprano to the pension Paula Rasmussen, soprano Sylvia McNair and two other women who did not want their identity to be made public.
Since the publication of the allegations, several great orchestras of the world with which Charles Dutoit is working have taken their distances with him, saying among other things seek of the heads alternates for upcoming concerts that he was to direct.
Charles Dutoit is very well known in Montreal, having directed the symphonic Orchestra of Montréal for nearly 25 years, from 1977 to 2002.