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Subject: Re: Levine - Responsibility of Management
From: Frank Cadenhead <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Frank Cadenhead <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 6 Dec 2017 19:21:36 -0500

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On Wed, 6 Dec 2017 18:01:10 -0500, Kiwi <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>Perhaps times to move on from the close focus on Mr. Levine and to discuss
>the responsibility of the Met management / board in either turning a blind
>eye or in picking up the pieces behind the conductor over a period that
>appears to span decades.
>Do any of us believe that Peter Gelb and the current board were surprised
>when Levine's life choices became public knowledge?  And what does that say
>about Met Management that they allowed him to continue in spite of the
>potential harm he might cause both the victims and the institution?
>What responsibility does a business have in such a case?

It certainly is not "over."  Sir Jimmy Savile was one of the most familiar faces on 
TV in the UK. His death in 2011 had the nation in tears. But he was a consistent 
thug and child abuser for his entire career and everyone in the "industry" knew it. 
It was "Jimmy being Jimmy" and the government knew it, the BBC (who held him 
high) knew it, etc. The vast extent of his crimes were not public knowledge until 
after his death and it certainly shows how money and Savile's relation to money 
can cover many sins. It was a huge story in the UK and they still trying to 
understand the fundamental moral flaw that let this go on for decades. 
Of course the Met's management and board of directors were aware of at least 
some of the allegations and failed to take them seriously. It was "Jimmy being 
Jimmy" all over again. In any organization policing bad behavior is a management 
function but often, when the problem child is well known, choices have to be 
made. Often, the public figure becomes less visible and might just retire early. But 
groups who avoid thinking about this problem are inviting possible future trouble.

Frank Cadenhead

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