Law firm investigates sexual harassment claim against ballet leader

In this Sept. 22, 2011, file photo, Choreographer Peter Martins attends a New York City Ballet's gala opening night in New York. Martins has been removed from teaching his weekly class at the School of American Ballet while the multiple organizations jointly investigate an accusation of sexual harassment against him. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Longtime New York City Ballet leader Peter Martins has been removed from teaching a weekly class at the School of American Ballet during an investigation into a sexual harassment allegation.
The ballet and the school say in statements issued to The Associated Press that they have engaged a law firm to look into general, nonspecific claims made in an anonymous letter.
They say that to date, no allegations have been substantiated.
The school says the safety and well-being of its students is its “absolute priority.” It says current findings indicate there’s “no reason to be concerned.”
Martins, asked to respond, told The New York Times: “The company has already addressed it.”
Martins is the artistic director and chairman of the ballet school’s faculty. He has led City Ballet since the 1980s.