A young dancer filed a lawsuit against the New York City Ballet and her former principal dancer, accusing the revered institution of creating an atmosphere of "fraternity" and allowing male performers to abuse, attack and dehumanize the dancers with impunity.
Alexandra Waterbury, a 19-year-old dancer, model and university student of the Ivy League, on Tuesday presented her explosive 40-page complaint on the Manhattan Supreme Court with explosive accusations against the New York City Ballet and her 28-year-old ex-boyfriend . Chase Finlay.
The complaint obtained by DailyMail.com alleges that Finlay had photographed and videotaped her sexual encounters with Waterbury and shared the images and videos and other dancers, employees, New York ballet donors and even a sex dealer, without her consent.
Ballet dancer and model Alexandra Waterbury (pictured left in the essay) filed a lawsuit against her ex boyfriend and New York City Ballet director Chase Finlay, 28 (pictured together in May), accusing him of conduct undue sexual
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 them and abuse them like farm animals," to which Finlay replied in a text message, "or like the foxes they 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 work culture of the famous ballet company, describing it as "a breeding ground for sexual exploitation" where women are objectified and treated as "second class citizens".
In addition, he accuses the company of fostering a highly sexualized work environment and of sweeping the illegal, reckless or degrading behavior of male directors towards women "under the carpet".
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 exchanged texts at a time when they joked that ballerinas should be sprinkled with cocaine and abused as farm animals. He also allegedly shared one of 19-year-old Waterbury photos with a pimp
"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.
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, in a photo dancing in 2013, learned in May 2018 that her boyfriend had been recording her naked and disseminated images and videos of their trailer having sex without her consent.
The lawsuit says that Waterbury suffered serious psychological and emotional damage, mental anguish, shame and humiliation
"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.
& # 39; The New York City Ballet is a breeding ground for sexual exploitation and degradation, where leading dancers and others can objectify and abuse women as they like. & # 39;
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. & # 39; I'll send you some dancing girls I've made scream & fuck. & # 39;
Waterbury shared this candid snapshot taken on her first day of class at Columbia University on her Instagram page on Tuesday
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".
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 an undergraduate student at 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.