Saturday, December 23, 2017

Out Ballet Star Marcelo Gomes Resigns from ABT After Being Accused of Sexual Misconduct

The New York Times reports:

One of the world’s best-known ballet dancers has resigned from the American Ballet Theater after he was accused of sexual misconduct, the company said on Thursday [Dec. 21, 2017).

The dancer, Marcelo Gomes, was a principal at the American Ballet Theater and was with the company for two decades.

“Last Saturday, A.B.T. was made aware of a highly concerning allegation of sexual misconduct by Mr. Gomes, occurring approximately eight years ago,” the chairman of the company’s board of trustees, Andrew F. Barth, said in an emailed statement.

See full NYT's story here.

The Washington Post reports:

A statement about the resignation released Thursday by ABT’s board chairman, Andrew F. Barth, gave no specifics other than to say the alleged incident occurred about eight years ago and “does not involve any current or former members of the ABT community, aside from Mr. Gomes, and did not occur in relation to his employment duties with the Company.”

A man who answered Gomes’s phone Thursday and identified himself as Gomes’s boyfriend said that neither he nor Gomes wished to comment.

See the full Post story here

Gomes came out as gay in a 2003 cover story of the Advocate (see below).

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