Vienna opens state inquiry into sexual exploitation at the Ballet

Vienna opens state inquiry into sexual exploitation at the Ballet


norman lebrecht

May 23, 2019

The President of the Constitutional Court, Brigitte Bierlein, opened an inquiry this morning into recent allegations of rampant sexual abuse at the State Ballet Academy. The Vienna State Opera has pledged full cooperation.

The police are investigating claims against one teacher.

An interim report is expected in July.



  • Jaime Herrera says:

    I suspect that many of these affairs are consensual until a quarrel between the parties involved erupts. It happens every day.

    • Nijinsky says:

      Even if that were true and a majority of the cases were of people where there was something going on consensual and then a quarrel erupted, then having such an attitude to white wash what’s going on with such suspicions wouldn’t allow the truth to emerge. But I don’t think it’s a majority of the cases where that was going on.

      What happens every day consistently is that a person who has been abused and traumatized isn’t given a voice to express themselves. Needing to immediately respond with such a statement of suspicions also further abuses anyone who couldn’t express what was going on and feel safe. You’re also insinuating towards someone who might have been terrified to say how they really felt, that their behavior was consensual. Unfortunately, that’s how it goes in the politics of a society that worships trauma as discipline, thus you wouldn’t see the difference and think that someone controlled by fear was behaving in a consensual manner. And that neither helps the person abused express themselves nor the abuser to change their ways.

      There’s also a difference between suspicions and intelligent investigation. That you haven’t done.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    Yes, hold another inquiry; and, while they’re at it, make sure people are always saying what you agree with and carry the party (cough) line.

    Perdition for those who disagree and do not conform!!