Royal Opera House will no longer work with choreographer cleared of sexual offences

Liam Scarlett was suspended in August amid claims of sexual misconduct, but an ROH investigation has now cleared his name

Royal Opera House (Photograph: TonyBaggett/Getty Images)
Royal Opera House (Photograph: TonyBaggett/Getty Images)

The Royal Opera House has said it will no longer work with a leading choreographer, even though an independent investigation cleared him of sexual misconduct allegations.

The charity, which runs the Royal Ballet, suspended Liam Scarlett in August 2019 amid claims of sexual misconduct, and an independent investigation was carried out.

The Charity Commission was made aware of the allegations in October 2019 and said last month that it was monitoring the investigation’s progress.

Last month it was revealed that the Royal Ballet School, a separate charity that trains dancers for the Royal Ballet, was informed only earlier this year that the claims involving Scarlett might relate to some of its students.

The ROH’s independent investigation has now cleared Scarlett of the allegations, the charity said.

But both the ROH and the Royal Ballet School have said they will no longer work with him, with the Royal Ballet cancelling planned performances of Scarlett’s Symphonic Dances.

A statement from the ROH said Scarlett’s position with the Royal Ballet ended yesterday.

“As he will no longer work with, or for, the Royal Ballet, it has been agreed that the scheduled performances of Liam Scarlett’s Symphonic Dances will not go ahead this summer,” the statement said.

“We can confirm that the independent investigation has concluded and found there were no matters to pursue in relation to alleged contact with students of the Royal Ballet School.”

A statement from the Royal Ballet School said: “We note the ROH’s statement that its investigation found no matters to pursue in relation to alleged contact with students of the Royal Ballet School, but can confirm that we have no plans to work with Liam Scarlett in the future.”

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