A 19-year-old dancer is suing the New York City Ballet (NYCB) and a former dancer to take advantage of sexually dancers.
Alexandra Waterbury declares that Chase Finlay, who resigned last month, shared explicit photos and video of her with the other dancers, without his consent.
She claims that the “fraternity culture” has allowed the male dancers to take advantage of the women.
NYCB has denied the allegations. A lawyer for Mr. Finlay said that the complaint consisted of allegations, not facts.
Ms Waterbury, who dated Mr Finlay for a year, says he took the photos and the video of his / her knowledge while they were in a relationship, according to the indictment, filed Wednesday in Manhattan.
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According to the indictment, Mr. Finlay shared the content with the other two first dancers – Amar Ramasar and Zachary Catazaro text thread, presumably full of misogynist language.
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Ms Waterbury lawsuit claims that if the photos were not taken at NYCB, the company culture, “emboldens [male dancers] to ignore the law and violate the fundamental rights of women”.
She claims these men, “they could do whatever they wanted to women, when they wanted to do so”, as long as it happened in New York”, and may be controlled by the part of executives and management”.
Mr Finlay, the attorney told PIX 11 News that Ms Waterbury “complaint is nothing more than a mass of allegations that should not be taken as a fact”.
In a statement, the NYCB has said that “he denies vehemently the allegations that the Society has condoned, encouraged, or facilitated the kind of activity that Mr. Finlay and the other nominees attended”.
Mr. Ramasar and Mr. Catazaro did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The statement added that NYCB has taken the “appropriate disciplinary actions for the dancers involved,” and refused to negotiate a payment with Ms Waterbury attorney that they have “no responsibility” in the case.
Ms Waterbury says that he informed NYCB in June about the issue, after he discovered the explicit photos – including images of other dancers and the texts of Mr. Finlay laptop computer.
In a text quoted in the judgement, Mr Finlay reportedly shared a nude photo of Ms Waterbury with other male dancers, to ask for the other nude photos of women and saying: “I’ll send you some dancer girls I did scream”.
Mr. Ramasar and Mr. Catazaro were both suspended last month without pay for violation of the “rules of conduct”, US media reported.
The cause, moreover, declares that Mr. Finlay has spoken to a donor to violate dancers.
The donor reportedly said, “I bet you could tie some of them and abuse them as farm animals”, to which Mr Finlay allegedly responded, ” or like the sluts they are.”
Ms Waterbury dress is not the first time that the sexual harassment allegations were levied at the renowned ballet company.
In the month of January, the longtime head of NYCB, Peter Martins, has announced his retirement amid an investigation into his alleged sexual misconduct.
He denied the allegations that he was violent and abusive towards the dancers. The company has decided not to confirm the charges.
According to the lady Waterbury lawsuit, this response showed Mr Finlay and other dancers, that “the substance abuse and degrade, humiliate, dehumanize and sexually abuse the women.”
In an Instagram post on Wednesday, Ms Waterbury, has said that the #MeToo movement helped her find the courage to speak.
“To all the women, the victims, out there, you know, you’re not alone,” he wrote. “Their time.”
Ms Waterbury studied at NYCB’s affiliate school, the School of American Ballet, from 2013-2016. He is currently a model and a student at Columbia University.