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Subject: Re: METś Annoucement
From: Marc Shepherd <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Marc Shepherd <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 4 Dec 2017 21:50:30 -0500

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The *Post’*s exposé landed at 4:30pm on Saturday: by broadcast time, the
Met had know it was coming. Levine himself must have known too, as the
*Post* says he and his agent declined “multiple requests for comment.”

The initial announcement was merely that an outside firm had been hired to
investigate him, with no mention of suspension. *That* announcement only
came later, once the *Times* was about to publish accounts of two
additional men who allege that Levine molested them years ago. From that
chronology, it seems that the suspension was an afterthought.

This is not a good look for the Met, as they knew about these allegations
over a year ago, and chose to do nothing. Nothing materially changed, other
than the fact of publication.

On Mon, Dec 4, 2017 at 7:05 AM, Bruce P <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I found it odd that on Saturday afternoon's first international radio
> broadcast that Mr. Gelb was not there welcoming the radio audience as he
> usually does.  I guess he let Levine go on and conduct one last time, to
> avoid cancelling the performance.
> Now, in light of this tragedy of Levine, he was probably huddled in his
> office with the Met's lawyers making last minute plans to avoid a big
> scandal, unavoidable though it was, but probably making sure that James
> Levine did not resign or quit.  Gelb always the self PR man, likely wanted
> the "Met company" to be the one suspending him and making that headline
> stand out over all else, a bit of his own face-saving and for the company
> too.  The board also probably had a hand in this.Although they should take
> matters further and now use this chance to remove Gelb as well.
> We will probably never know this, but did Levine know in advance was about
> to exploded by the media?  Did he know that last Saturday's performance of
> the Verdi Requiem would be his last ever?

Marc Shepherd
New York, NY

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