The New York Philharmonic released a statement saying Dutoit had withdrawn from conducting five concerts there in January; The Cleveland Orchestra said he'd withdrawn from three performances scheduled in February and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra said he'd withdrawn from six concerts in March and April.In statements, the orchestras noted the "very serious" and "extremely troubling" nature of the graphic and detailed accusations.On a subsequent occasion, Rasmussen said the conductor passed her in a hallway and whispered, "You kissed me back," which she assumed meant to suggest that she had invited his behavior.
Dutoit's accusers said they felt inspired by all the women speaking out about sexual misconduct by powerful men in Hollywood, politics, the media and other industries, and ultimately felt empowered to break their silence after the Metropolitan Opera suspended conductor James Levine earlier this month when misconduct accusations surfaced.
___ CORNERED IN AN ELEVATOR "I never went to the police. Like everyone else, I looked the other way," said Sylvia Mc Nair, now 61.
The women accuse the 81-year-old artistic director and principal conductor of London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of sexual misconduct on the sidelines of rehearsals and performances in five cities — Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Saratoga Springs, New York.
Within hours of the story's release Thursday, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony severed all ties with Dutoit.
Dutoit had been scheduled to conduct two weeks of concerts in April with the San Francisco Symphony, and six concerts in March and April in Chicago.
The Royal Philharmonic said it would release a statement early Friday London time.Dutoit immediately jumped her, she said, forcefully restraining her against the elevator wall and pushing his body into hers. When she got to her room, she said she almost immediately called another singer who had been in the elevator with them."I managed to shove him off and right at that moment, the elevator door opened. The AP spoke to the colleague, who confirmed receiving the call, saying "she was frantic because Dutoit had pressed her against the side of the elevator, pressing into her with his whole body." He said he asked Mc Nair the next day if Dutoit had apologized and she said he had not, and instead acted as if nothing had happened.Soprano Sylvia Mc Nair, herself a two-time Grammy winner, said Dutoit "tried to have his way" with her at a hotel after a rehearsal with the Minnesota Orchestra in 1985."As soon as it was just the two of us in the elevator, Charles Dutoit pushed me back against the elevator wall and pressed his knee way up between my legs and pressed himself all over me," she said.All four accusers' stories are similar, and the AP spoke with their colleagues and friends, who confirmed that each of the women shared details of their experiences at the time.