By Larry McShane
The New York City Ballet stepped on the wrong toes when it fired a pair of high-profile male dancers over a sex scandal.
An independent arbitrator restored principal performers Amar Ramasar and Zachary Catazaro to their former positions with the venerable Manhattan cultural organization just seven months after they were canned amid allegations of swapping sexually explicit photos of unwitting female victims.
The NYCB, while disagreeing with the decision to reinstate the pair, said it would abide by the arbitrator’s finding. “NYCB is gratified that the arbitrator upheld the company’s right to discipline the men, but still believes strongly that it was also within its rights to terminate Catazaro and Ramasar,” the company said in a statement.
In a statement on Friday, Catazaro hailed the ruling and announced his immediate departure from the NYCB.
“I feel vindicated knowing that the arbitrator has found NYCB’s decision to be wrong,” said Catazaro, 29. “As I continue my career elsewhere, I look forward to challenging myself as an artist and renewing my spirited passion for dance.”
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