LAKE FOREST, Illinois (Fox 32 News) - Longtime Ravinia Music Festival leader James Levine is accused of molesting a teenage boy for years.
Later, as a teenager, the boy told police he began to visit Ravinia on his own. In 1985, when the alleged victim was 15, he said that Levine drove him home and held his hand. Levine offered him a grand vision of a future career as a conductor.
The boy told police that Levine first started sexually assaulting him when he was about 16, and that he was molested "hundreds of times" at the upscale Deer Path Inn in Lake Forest.
The alleged victim said that as the sexual assault continued, Levine offered him praise and support in his future career aspirations.
He went to police in 2016.
Fox 32 News reached out to the Ravinia Festival for comment late Saturday night but had not yet received a response. Levine also worked for the Metropolitan Opera and they said they are conducting an investigation.
We are deeply disturbed by the news articles that are being published online today about James Levine. We are working on an investigation w outside resources to determine whether charges of sexual misconduct in the 1980s are true, so that we can take appropriate action.— Metropolitan Opera (@MetOpera) December 3, 2017