Ballet dancer

Lawsuit claims UC-protected ballet dancer charged with inappropriate touching

CINCINNATI (WXIX) — Two ballet dancers have filed a lawsuit against the University of Cincinnati, claiming the school was protecting a dancer after he was accused of inappropriately touching other students.

The federal lawsuit is against UC’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).

Two female students claim the university protected the male ballet dancer at the expense of many female dancers, according to the Engel & Martin, LLC lawsuit.

The dancers claim the man touched his partners inappropriately during practices and performances, the lawsuit says.

The lawsuit says faculty members and administrators discovered it but did nothing to protect the victims.

According to the lawsuit, UC officials told the victims that if they felt uncomfortable, they could walk out of the classroom.

The lawsuit filed by Engel & Martin on behalf of the two dancers claims that UC was willfully indifferent to the harassment women suffered.

The lawyers wrote in the lawsuit that the law states that UC is obligated to protect students from sexual harassment and sexual violence.

A UC spokesperson issued the following statement Tuesday evening:

“Although the university is prohibited from commenting on the details of any student affairs, the university takes Title IX complaints seriously as part of our goal of creating a safe campus for all. We strongly encourage our campus community to report concerns and discuss supports with the Office of Gender Equity and Inclusion.

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