Now the New York Times has uncovered five people who claim they were either physically or verbally abused by Peter Martins, and the chief dance critic has taken time out from admiring little children's bodies to weigh-in with a proclamation that it's over for Martins.
None of us has yet to hear Martins' side of the story on any of this. Apparently it doesn't matter. Apparently, each such case is immediately black & white to the NYT and will remain so unless and until Martins agrees to be examined by the Times in it's media court. Ain't gonna happen.
The NYT has found yet another angry dancer who was let go by Martins last year to claim abuse. She claimed that he treated all the dancers the same way when he kicked them out of his office. That's hundreds of dancers. What do the non-fired dancers say about this?
And then there is Jeff Edwards who told Dance Magazine years ago that he left NYCB for Zurich and Lyon to "expand both his choreographic and geographic frame of reference." There wasn't even a hint that he wasn't getting along with Martins. (Nor was there disclosure about the injury and surgery that kept him off the NYCB stage for a year and half and how he never got back all his juice.) Now he has told the New York Times or the Times has chosen to interpret his current comments as saying he left NYCB because Martins was abusive. He didn't stay long in Zurich or Lyon. He didn't stay long in Washington. He was even teaching some classes at ABT, but that didn't last long.
Now a kid who was misbehaving during a dress rehearsal and was disciplined by Martins "in front of the whole cast" is now claiming he was abused. Undoubtedly humiliated. Maybe even some of the other kids were laughing at him as Martins pulled him around. Was he invited to leave SAB or did he quit? We haven't heard yet. "Dropped out" is a pretty ambiguous term often interchangeable with flunked out or suggested out.
And John Clifford saw stuff....
What an age we live in when people who claim they are crime victims opt to go to the media for a trial by press rather than to the police.