A young dancer who is suing the New York City Ballet and her former dancer for exchanging nude photos of her with male colleagues said on Friday how she first discovered the messages of illness entering her laptop.
Alexandra Waterbury, 19, accuses Chase Finlay, 28, of secretly photographing and filming her sexual encounters and sharing the files without her consent. She alleges that her actions were part of an "atmosphere of fraternity" in the institution that tolerates the abuse of women.
Waterbury told Good Morning America that she was staying at Finlay's house when she found a series of sleazy exchanges on her computer after logging in using a password he gave her. & # 39;[They] they were really misogynistic and vulgar and simply cruel. It was a lot to assimilate, "he said.
Alexandra Waterbury, 19, has opened up about her relationship with the former principal dancer of the New York Ballet, whom she accuses of sharing nude photos of her.
Waterbury (pictured left in the essay) filed a lawsuit against her ex-boyfriend and New York City Ballet director, Chase Finlay, 28 (pictured in May), accusing him of sexual misconduct.
The dancer said she had grown up idolizing & # 39; Finlay, who is seven years older than her, but shortly after they started dating became abusive in every way: physical, emotional and mental. He was really manipulative, "he said.
Waterbury was staying at Finlay's apartment one morning after he had left for work at 4 in the morning when she used her computer to check her emails.
"The first thing that came up was an unsaved number with a pretty descriptive language," he said. That's just not right. I was like, "What is this?" and it got worse and worse. "
He said the conversations were with men and women, "all of whom I would have considered friends … who were really misogynistic, vulgar and simply cruel." It was a lot to assimilate. "
When Waterbury confronted him about the alleged messages and images, he had "nothing to say," he said. The dancer claims that she shared them with other dancers, employees, New York ballet donors and even a sex dealer, according to a complaint obtained by Dailymail.com.
The dancer said she was also angry at the New York City Ballet for not offering an apology. "They could address the situation at least," he said.
Finlay's lawyer told Pix11 News: "The Complaint is nothing more than a mass of accusations that should not be taken as fact."
The Waterbury lawsuit also names the New York City Ballet as a defendant, accusing the institution of being a "breeding ground for sexual exploitation" and fostering a "fraternity house" culture.
The lawsuit cited a major unnamed donor sending a text message to Finlay: "We should get half a kilo [of cocaine] and put it on the girls and just rape them.
The donor continued saying: "I bet we could tie some of them and abuse them as farm animals", to which Finlay replied in a text message, "or like the foxes that are", according to the complaint of his ex-girlfriend .
The Waterbury suit comes less than a week after the New York City Ballet announced that Finlay had abruptly resigned, and that two other principal directors, Amar Ramasar and Zachary Catazaro, were suspended on charges of inappropriate communications by message of text and email.
The demand points to the culture of the workplace of the famous ballet company, describing it as "a breeding ground for sexual exploitation" where women are objectified and treated as "second class citizens".
It also accuses the company of fostering a highly sexualized environment and of sweeping the illegal, reckless or degrading behavior of male directors towards women "under the carpet".
"The dancers … understood that they were" above the law "and could do whatever they wanted with the women, whenever they wanted to, just make sure it happened in New York, where they could control themselves [NYC Ballet’s] executives and administration, "the lawsuit alleges.
Waterbury says Finlay, her one-year-old boyfriend, had secretly photographed and recorded her sexual encounters on video, and then shared the content with her colleagues
Finlay and a ballet donor at one point exchanged joking messages that the dancers should be sprinkled with cocaine and abused as farm animals. He also allegedly shared one of 19-year-old Waterbury photos with a pimp
Without naming the person in question, the court affirms that a dancer was sent to rehabilitation after an altercation with the law on substance abuse and domestic violence that involved a dancer, but was allowed to return to the dance corps a week later & # 39; No impact & # 39;
"This sent the message to Mr. Finlay and other dancers from New York City and others that it was acceptable … to abuse substances and degrade, degrade, dehumanize and physically abuse women, including their own employees," says the complaint.
According to the complaint, at least one senior official within the organization was aware of Finlay's substance abuse and asked him about his parties because he would show up to work smelling of alcohol, but the institution buried his head in the sand & # 39; and chose not to address the behavior of the director.
Waterbury shared this moment on the first day of classes at Columbia University on his Instagram page on Tuesday
"Clearly, the New York City Ballet had extensive knowledge of this out-of-control environment, fraternity house, abusive and sexually charged, but did nothing to stop it while continuing to sell tickets," wrote Waterbury's attorney. in the filling.
The document goes into graphic details about Chase Finlay's text message exchanges with other male directors, in which they allegedly agreed to exchange sexually explicit photos and videos of their girlfriends and other dancers.
& # 39; Do you have pictures of girls you've fucked? & # 39; Finlay allegedly said in a text sent to another person with the Ballet, along with a nude photo of Waterbury. "I'll send you some dancers that I've made scream and squirt."
The dancers supposedly began to exchange images and photos in a string of text messages in September 2017 and continued until May 2018.
On one occasion, a Ballet employee allegedly sent a text message to Finlay in reference to his girlfriend: "I want to see you and Alex f *** lol & # 39; and I can not stop looking at Alex's t ** s hahaha & # 39;
Finlay also allegedly discussed the recording of Waterbury, 19, performing a sex act for profit, because "that's *** would sell".
The lawsuit says that Waterbury suffered serious psychological and emotional damage, mental anguish, shame and humiliation
It was not until May 15, 2018 that Waterbury, then a student at the School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center, discovered that Finlay, with whom she had been dating for a year, had allegedly filmed her surreptitiously and broadcast her nude photos to the agents, donors, ballet employees and fellow interpreters.
The lawsuit alleges that Waterbury suffered severe psychological and emotional damage, mental anguish, shame and humiliation as a result of Finlay's actions and those of the ballet company.
She is suing her ex-boyfriend and her former employer for negligence, intentional distress of emotional distress, aggression, assault and invasion of privacy.
The Waterbury lawsuit is seeking unspecified punitive damages, compensatory damages and attorneys' fees.
The plaintiff is currently an undergraduate student in the School of General Studies at Columbia University and a dancer at the Columbia Ballet Collaborative. Waterbury has also been modeling with the agency Wilhelmina International since she was a teenager.
DailyMail.com arrived on Wednesday at the New York City Ballet to comment on the lawsuit.
Waterbury, in a photo dancing in 2013, found out in May 2018 that her boyfriend had been recording and broadcasting nude images and videos of two women without her consent.