Ballet fires two after nude photo inquiry
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 Catazaro, 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 Finlay, 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 company dancers.
“I am shocked and deeply saddened by the New York City Ballet’s decision to fire me,” Ramasar said Saturday in a statement. “I am an honest and honorable person, and have always treated everyone, including my colleagues, staff, friends and others at NYCB,” with respect. — Associated Press