Choreographer Nick Lazzarini, the guest performer on the ABC show The Chew, has been asked to step down from the Southern Ballet’s upcoming tour following allegations that he groped a dancer in 2009. The dancer told Star that she attempted to tell a coworker about the incident, but Lazzarini allegedly changed the subject by making inappropriate sexual advances. According to the Star, the woman attempted to warn others about Lazzarini, but the dance company didn’t do enough to stop him.
According to the same report, in 2017 Lazzarini offered the dancer something expensive in exchange for sex.
Star, which was founded by Erika Harold, launched an investigation into sexual harassment claims last month, and later placed Lazzarini, Dance Midwest president William Ackerman, and Dance Dallas CEO Jo Ann Robinson on unpaid leave while they continue to investigate. In addition to Star, the show has also worked with police and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Read the full story at New York Magazine.
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