NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Metropolis Ballet should reinstate two male dancers who have been fired for sharing nude pictures of girls and sexually specific texts, an arbitrator dominated Friday.
The arbitrator determined the corporate mustn’t have fired Amar Ramasar and Zachary Catazaro, who have been each named in a lawsuit by a girl who accused the ballet firm of tolerating a “fraternity-like ambiance” during which male dancers understood that “they may degrade, demean, mistreat and abuse, assault and batter ladies with out consequence.”
Ramasar, a star with the corporate who additionally appeared in final 12 months’s Broadway revival of “Carousel,” mentioned he was gratified to have gained reinstatement, including, “As I transfer ahead, studying, and evolving, I’m desperate to as soon as once more dance amongst the colleagues I respect, doing the ballets I’ve held near my coronary heart for the previous 18 years.”
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Catazaro mentioned he was “grateful and relieved” on the ruling however wouldn’t return to Metropolis Ballet.
Ramasar and Catazaro have been first suspended after which fired in September after they have been named in a lawsuit by Alexandra Waterbury, a former pupil with the Metropolis Ballet’s affiliated faculty, the Faculty of American Ballet.
Waterbury sued after discovering, she mentioned, third male Metropolis Ballet dancer whom she had been courting, Chase Finlay, had shared nude pictures of her, taken with out her data, with different males within the firm.
The lawsuit accused Finlay of sending nude pictures of Waterbury to Ramasar. It mentioned Catazaro exchanged unspecified photos with Finlay.
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Whereas denying that it condoned mistreatment of girls, the ballet firm terminated the contracts of Ramasar and Catazaro. Finlay resigned earlier than he could possibly be fired.
An e-mail searching for remark was despatched Friday to Finlay.
The dancers’ union, the American Guild of Musical Artists, appealed Ramasar’s and Catazaro’s firings to the arbitrator.
Metropolis Ballet mentioned in a press release that it believes it was inside its rights to fireplace the dancers however will abide by the ruling. The corporate famous that Ramasar should bear counseling on his conduct as a situation of reinstatement.
A lawyer for Waterbury mentioned the arbitrator’s ruling doesn’t have an effect on “the pending lawsuit designed to carry the New York Metropolis Ballet and others accountable.”