Bal­let fires two af­ter nude photo in­quiry

The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION -

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

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