The disgraced conductor yesterday suffered a severe setback in court as New York Supreme Court Justice Andrea Masley dismissed all but one of his defamation claims.
The Met’s lawyer Bettina B. Plevan expressed delight. Levine’s lawyer, Edward J.M. Little, said he was encouraged by the judge’s decision to uphold one defamation claim. ‘The Met didn’t just fire him,’ said Little. ‘It defamed him on the way out after his 50 years of brilliant artistic genius that contributed greatly to what the Met became.’
The parties continue to contest a $5.8 million breach of contract suit.