by FOX Business Network – The New York Daily News is reporting that renowned choreographer Nick Lazzarini is no longer performing for dancer company, All American Repertory Theater, after receiving a subpoena over allegations of sexual misconduct with teenage female dancers.
The subpoena said that Lazzarini was “engaged in or participating in the unlawful solicitation of a minor for sex between the years of 1982 and 1985.” A spokesperson for the Broadway Arts Center, in Ohio, where the company is based, also said that Lazzarini was no longer performing with the group.
Lazzarini has been accused of misconduct and harassment by ten women on the entertainment website The Star. In an interview with The Star, one woman said that Lazzarini forcibly kissed her when she was 15 and he was 33, and that her friend also said he grabbed her neck. Another woman said he invited her to dance with him when she was 16, and he was 28. The former dancer said he later “urinated all over her skirt during rehearsal.”
Another woman told The Star that Lazzarini was the second man she ever had sex with. She said that he touched her inappropriately when she was a student and she was 16.
Lazzarini’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox Business Network on the subpoena and All American Repertory Theater’s response to the allegations.
As a popular ballet choreographer, Lazzarini’s dances are often shown on primetime television, and he was a guest judge on the first season of CBS’ “The Four.”
All American Repertory Theater previously formed a hotline to help it respond to harassment complaints.
“Sexual harassment has no place in a theater where we have all worked so hard to build a safe and supportive environment for everyone,” the company said on its website in a statement. “We are committed to ending the culture of abuse that has always been in place.”
The company also promised to hold a meeting Friday morning for any member of the press, a spokesperson told Fox Business Network.
Lazzarini did not immediately respond to a request for comment from FOX Business Network on the subpoena and the alleged involvement of more victims.