CNN Style’s investigation into Nick Lazzarini, director of the NYC Dance Alliance, prompted an investigation into the dancer’s claims of sexual harassment.
According to the investigation, Lazzarini discussed his sexual encounter with Sara Edelman, the other Artistic Director of the NYC Dance Alliance, with other dancers, all of whom were quoted in the report. The specific facts of Edelman’s claim were not printed in the CNN Style investigation.
On Thursday, Lazzarini’s NYC Dance Alliance was told to stop touring immediately. During its tour, it was expected to perform in Scotland and Italy.
Lazzarini’s agent, Jullien Abaragu, issued the following statement, adding “NYC Dance Alliance wishes to unequivocally and vehemently deny any misconduct and/or harassment on the part of its founder, Nick Lazzarini, or any member of its staff or staff.”
“The allegations being made on behalf of Sara Edelman are completely untrue, baseless and without merit. Mr. Lazzarini intends to vigorously pursue all his legal remedies as well as his professional career,” said Jullien Abaragu, Lazzarini’s agent.
The Group Dance Company of Lincoln Center issued a statement on Friday, stating: “We are deeply troubled by the allegations being made against Nick Lazzarini. While he is no longer associated with the GDC, we have been given no reason to doubt the honesty of Mr. Lazzarini and the seriousness of his commitment to human rights and the right to a safe and healthy workplace.”