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Head of New York City Ballet retires after abuse allegations: report

Peter Martins, the renowned head of the New York City Ballet, announced his retirement Monday following allegations of sexual harassment and physical abuse, according to a report in the New York Times. The 71-year-old stands accused by two dozen dancers of verbal and physical abuse as well as using his power to extort sexual favors. "I have denied, and continue to deny, that I have engaged in any such misconduct," he wrote in a letter to the board informing them of his retirement, a copy of which was seen by the Times.
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