Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Metropolitan Repertory Ballet Board Member/Sponsor

An employee of the Metropolitan Repertory Ballet alleges in a recent lawsuit, Volpe v. Anthony Carmine Paniccioli et al (NY Sup. Ct., NY Cty., Index # 159739/2015, filed 9/21/15), that her boss, defendant Paniccioli, subjected her to sexual assault and sexual harassment and breached an agreement to pay her for her work on a movie project on which they were working.

Plaintiff alleges, for example, that Paniccioli touched her in a sexual manner, falsely told others that plaintiff was his lover, continually talked about male genital organs, told her that she would “be [his] girlfriend” following his impotence-curing surgery, and told her to “[s]how off [her] tits and ass.”

Plaintiff asserts claims under the NYC Human Rights Law and New York common law (breach of contract and intentional infliction of emotional distress).