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I wonder if the other dancers who were their targets are aware that they were photographed/videoed. 

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It appears that all four were added together, or at least amended to include all four in the new document.  The summons, which has not been amended, lists all four new defendants.

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10 minutes ago, Helene said:

Also Jared Longhitano.  In addition, there are more allegations and details added.

Not for the faint of heart. 

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OK, I've read part of the amended version (honestly, I skimmed a lot of the legal jargon).

Students, too?

I'm sick to my stomach. 

Happy opening night.

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1 minute ago, ABT Fan said:

OK, I've read part of the amended version (honestly, I skimmed a lot of the legal jargon).

Students, too?

I'm sick to my stomach. 

Happy Gala night.

Luckily (for NYCB's sake), it's just opening night, not gala night, which is September 27. Though I'm sure this cloud will still be hanging over the company in a week. The optics of rich people partying when all this is going on ... not sure what to make of that. Obviously, I want to see NYCB thrive, but also be held accountable, so I don't want those donations from gala folk to go away.

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42 minutes ago, ABT Fan said:

I haven't read this yet, but why was this amended now? Is this typical of complaints? Shouldn't all of the details been outlined in the original complaint? 

Not at all uncommon for complaints to be amended (including to add additional defendants, etc.).

My understanding is that Federal Rules of Civil Procedure permit the amendment of a complaint as a matter of course within 21 days of service, and NY CPLR permits amendment without leave of court within 20 days after service. (It’s not rare to see filing of an amended complaint beyond this time period, but the process of getting permission to amend gets a little more complex.)

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clarification of CPLR language

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In light of the amended version, the statements from Ramasar and Catazaro seem even more inadequate.  

 

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I just noticed the new complaint now gives timeframes, not just dates, for when texts were sent. So as not to be completely unproductive at work, I haven't checked those dates/times against NYCB's performance schedule to see if they line up to what would probably have been normal working hours. But I wonder if that's why her lawyer has now included times for the text messages sent.

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2 minutes ago, tutu said:

Not at all uncommon for complaints to be amended (including to add additional defendants, etc.).

My understanding is that Federal Rules of Civil Procedure permit the amendment of a complaint as a matter of course within 21 days of service, and NY CPLR permits amendment without leave within 20 days of service. (It’s not rare to see filing of an amended complaint beyond this time period, but the process of getting permission to amend gets a little more complex.)

Thank you. 

And I amended my other post to say it’s opening night, not gala night.

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34 minutes ago, Balletwannabe said:

The YAGP connection is seriously scary.

With the donor named I think this scandal may have a serious ripple effect for many individual's and organizations.  Honestly, no one can claim "I had no idea" because Longitano posted screenshots of his text conversations on his public-facing Instagram. 

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3 minutes ago, fondoffouettes said:

I just noticed the new complaint gives timeframes, not just dates, for when texts were sent. So as not to be completely unproductive at works, I haven't checked those dates/times against NYCB's performance schedule to see if they line up to what would probably be normal working hours. But I wonder if that's why her lawyer has now included times for the text messages sent.

I think that some of the dates do correspond to the NYCB season or when they might be rehearsing prior to opening. But times aren't given, so it seems possible that that the messages were not sent during the workday.

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2 minutes ago, FPF said:

I think that some of the dates do correspond to the NYCB season or when they might be rehearsing prior to opening. But times aren't given, so it seems possible that that the messages were not sent during the workday.

If you scan through, a few of the text communications do include times of the day, whereas others just include the date.

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1 hour ago, Dreamer said:

Jared Longhitano’s Linkedin page shows that he’s involved with several arts organizations in NYC. Besides being a Junoir board member at NYCB, he is a member of Young Associates Steering Committee at the Met Opera, part of the Junior Council at ABT and the scariest of all, he is the Head of Young Patrons Group at YAGP.

 

His MyLife page gives his age as 42. How old need one be before ageing out of "Junior" this and "Young" that?

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3 minutes ago, zerbinetta said:

His MyLife page gives his age as 42. How old need one be before ageing out of "Junior" this and "Young" that?

Usually around 40. Given the demographic of ballet, and especially opera, audiences, I've seen a lot of young people's groups that extend to age 40, some even older, I believe.

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26 minutes ago, fondoffouettes said:

I just noticed the new complaint now gives timeframes, not just dates, for when texts were sent.

Also, looking more closely at the dates here, it looks like the complaint was filed almost exactly one year from the date of an original photo message. Not sure of the statute of limitations on the charges here, but it makes me think that some of the original complaint’s sloppiness might have resulted from rushing to file within a one-year SOL.

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2 hours ago, ABT Fan said:

Right, but as you mention as well, why weren't they added along with the donor and the other details in the first place? I realize no one here may know the answer, but that's strange to me. Not being an attorney, though, maybe this is common procedure... 

I'm not sure, either. In Catazaro's case, I couldn't find what his messages with Finlay and Loughitano have to do with Waterbury. They were definitely gross, but it doesn't seem like he received photos of her. If anyone has standing to sue him, it's the girl whose picture he sent to Finlay.

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17 minutes ago, yukionna4869 said:

I'm not sure, either. In Catazaro's case, I couldn't find what his messages with Finlay and Loughitano have to do with Waterbury. They were definitely gross, but it doesn't seem like he received photos of her. If anyone has standing to sue him, it's the girl whose picture he sent to Finlay.

I think they are using them to bolster their argument that this was a culture at NYCB

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1 minute ago, cassieallison said:

I think they are using them to bolster their argument that this was a culture at NYCB

Yes, there's also a cause of action against him for negligence.

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That donor seriously disturbs me. I remember someone making a comment that seemed off to me on an ABT Corp member’s Instagram once, so I clicked on the name to see the profile of the commenter. It was him. I just went back to her Instagram to see if I could find him so I could clarify why it disturbed me. I couldn’t find the post but did find something else odd. She went on a non-work European trip and in the comments thanked him and her sister for making it possible. She was 20. 

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I just read the entire Amended Claims and it’s very disheartening.  Someone please tell Mariska Hargitay... I have a feeling this is going to be featured in this upcoming season’s Law & Order SVU episode.

Back to the discussion, it is disturbing to know that some of these vultures considered the company/school as “hunting ground” as referred to on the claim.  Not to genralized but I also wonder what was the appeal to these straight single young not-so-attractive men like Jared to enjoy a ballet performance.  His action disgust me.

In perspective, these ballerinas live ina bubble.  They grow up in the same school and went on to the company.  They do not have the same experience as us mere mortals of socializing in school and college.  I feel that us independent women found our self worth and confidence to stand up against the world even more through out our “18-22” age while in college faced in making good an bad decisions.   This same age group is what these vultures are hunting for.   I admire these ballerina greatly, but at that age we all went through a stage of learning about ourselves.   This Jared guy probably failed to prey on these ladies, hence utilizing these handsome men and teaching them his perverse way.  I’m beyond appalled at this point.

 

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2 minutes ago, Ilovegiselle said:

This Jared guy probably failed to prey on these ladies, hence utilizing these handsome men and teaching them his perverse way.  I’m beyond appalled at this point. 

 

Finlay, Catazaro & Ramasar are all old enough to know better.

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