The Boston Symphony Orchestra has ended its relationshipwith renowned conductor Charles Dutoit – who was recently in Australia for performances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra– following allegations that he sexually assaulted four women between 1985 and 2010. Dutoit has served as guest conductor with the BSO since 1981.
“Given the extremely troubling allegations against Charles Dutoit reported by Associated Press this morning, the Boston Symphony Orchestra will end its relationship with him and he will no longer appear as a guest conductor,” the BSO said in a statement. “The Boston Symphony Orchestra is committed to a zero tolerance policy towards anyone who exhibits inappropriate behavior in the workplace, and behavior that runs counter to these core values will always be met with serious consequences.”
The announcement follows a report by The Associated Pressin which four women – three opera singers and an instrumentalist – accused the 81-year-old Swiss conductor of sexually assaulting them. Dutoit has yet to comment publicly on the allegations.
“He threw me against the wall, shoved my hand down his pants and shoved his tongue down my throat,” now retired mezzo-soprano Paula Rasmussen told The Associated Press, referring to an incident that allegedly took place...