"After accusations of sexual harassment and physical and verbal abuse, Peter Martins, the powerful leader of New York City Ballet who shaped the company for more than three decades, has decided to retire. 'I have denied, and continue to deny, that I have engaged in any such misconduct', Mr. Martins, 71, wrote in a letter dated on Monday informing the board of his retirement, which takes effect immediately. Mr. Martins, who has been on leave as the company investigates his actions, added, 'I cooperated fully in the investigation and understand it will be completed shortly. I believe its findings would have vindicated me'." [New York Times, January 1]


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