How the New York Times and The New Yorker Covered for a Pedophile
Just months after learning one of the world’s most powerful music conductors was a pedophile, the New Yorker magazine’s top critic, Alex Ross, wrote a fawning tribute to him.
That conductor was James Levine, 74, who until earlier this month was the Metropolitan Opera music director emeritus. And in the late 1980s he met Ashok “Shoky” Pai, a teenager at the time and a burgeoning prodigy in the classical music world.
In summer 2013, after decades of abuse at the hands of Levine and following intense therapy to deal with the trauma, Pai reached a point where he was ready to go public. He went to the police to file a formal complaint and then sought out journalists who would help tell his story.
According to dozens documents, emails, a police report, and interviews with multiple people directly involved, including Pai, RadarOnline learned of an extraordinary tale of abuse of power, position and stolen innocence and how two of the most revered institutions in journalism, The New York Times and The New Yorker, worked to protect a powerful cultural elite against the allegations.