NEW YORK - Peter Martins, the long-time leader of the New York City Ballet, has retired amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
Martins wrote a letter to the company’s board of directors on Monday, saying he denies sexually harassing or abusing members of the company, including dancers.
He added the scandal had "exacted a painful toll" on him and his family.
The 71-year-old was with City Ballet for more than three decades.
Last month, Martins requested a leave of absence while the company conducted an independent investigation.
In a statement, City Ballet says it expects to complete its probe soon, and it will begin the search for a new ballet master in chief.