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.
Mr. Martins had been accused of sexual harassment as well as physical and verbal abuse.
New York City Ballet opened an investigation into allegations made against the ballet-master-in-chief in early December.
Peter Martins, who has led the New York City Ballet since the 1980s, will retire amid an investigation into sexual harassment allegations.
Peter Martins, 71, has announced his retirement. He had been accused by several dancers of physical and verbal abuse, as well as sexual harassment. The Danish balletmaster has denied the allegations, insisting that he will be vindic...