2 bal­let dancers fired in scan­dal

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - LEGAL NOTICES -

NEW YORK — Two dancers were fired from the New York City Bal­let on Satur­day amid ac­cu­sa­tions that they were part of a ring of male dancers who in­ap­pro­pri­ately shared nude photos and videos of women.

The bal­let com­pany said prin­ci­pal dancers Amar Ra­masar and Zachary Catarazo, as well as a third dancer, Chase Fin­lay, who re­signed last month, “en­gaged in in­ap­pro­pri­ate com­mu­ni­ca­tions, that while per­sonal, off-hours and off-site, had vi­o­lated the norms of con­duct that NYCB ex­pects from its em­ploy­ees.”

The fir­ings came af­ter a woman who had dated Fin­ley, Alexan­dra Water­bury, said in a law­suit this month that Fin­lay had sent ex­plicit videos and photos of her taken with­out her knowl­edge to other men, in­clud­ing dancers with the com­pany.

Water­bury charged in her law­suit against City Bal­let and Fin­lay that the com­pany tol­er­ated a “fra­ter­nity-like at­mos­phere” where male dancers un­der­stood that “they could de­grade, de­mean, mis­treat and abuse, as­sault and bat­ter women with­out con­se­quence.”

A union rep­re­sent­ing Ra­masar and Catarazo said it would chal­lenge the fir­ings.


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