He now serves as the Met's music director emeritus. He also conducted the CSO downtown past year in his first Orchestra Hall appearance in decades.
The probe is based on a 2016 IL police report, the Met said.
The Metropolitan Opera announced Saturday night that it has launched an investigation into charges of sexual abuse by Levine while at the Met. Levine continues to conduct performances at the opera company, including concerts of the Verdi Requiem just last week.
Levine's accuser, now middle-aged, contacted the police department in Lake Forest, Illinois, in October of 2016 to report that he'd had sexual contact with the conductor when he was under age 18.
The New York Post reported Saturday that the IL victim, now 48, filed a report with the Lake Forest police department last October explicitly detailing several instances of sexual abuse by Levine, beginning in 1985 when the boy was 15 at the Deer Path Inn in Lake Forest and continuing for years afterward. The alleger explains in the report that the misconduct continued as he sought a mentorship from the famed conductor, who had promised to see if he could "be raised special like me". We need to determine if these charges are true and, if they are, take appropriate action.
Gelb's statement came hours after New York Post published a report detailing the allegations against the American conductor.
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According to the report the victim said in a written statement "I began seeing a 41-year-old man when I was 15, without really understanding I was really "seeing" him".
The victim also alleged his relationship with Levine lasted for decades, and says he was given $50,000 up until 2014. But eventually, he said Levine would masturbate in front of him and, as he got older, he said the conductor inappropriately touched and fondled him.
Levine has been nominated for 37 Grammy awards and has bagged 10 of them.
"The BSO finds this information deeply disturbing and awaits the findings of further investigations on the matter". On Sunday, the BSO released a statement that said it did not know about the allegations against Levine before Saturday.
Levine had previously been accused of molesting a teenage boy in the Northern suburbs.