Oboist files sex harassment complaint
BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore Symphony Orchestra oboist has filed a sexual harassment complaint, saying the orchestra failed to protect her from repeated harassment and retaliation.
News outlets report principal oboe player Katherine Needleman says concertmaster Jonathan Carney has engaged in a constant pattern of retaliation since she rejected him for sex in 2005.
According to the complaint filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, she reported the “daily hostility” and “physical intimidations and threats” to the orchestra several times.
Orchestra president Peter T. Kjome says an independent investigation that began this March didn’t find a hostile work environment. He says the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is reviewing the report’s recommendations, which include sending Carney to sensitivity training.
Carney’s attorney, Neil J. Ruther, called the complaint “an egregious abuse of what the #MeToo movement stands for.”
Former FBI official has new book deal
NEW YORK (AP) — Andrew McCabe, the former FBI deputy director fired this year amid repeated attacks from President Donald Trump and a critical Justice Department report, has a book deal.
St. Martin’s Press announced Tuesday that “The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump” will come out Dec. 4. St. Martin’s is calling the book a “candid” account of his career and defense of the FBI’s independence.
McCabe had been with the FBI for more than 20 years when he was fired in March. Trump had accused him political bias and was angered that the FBI did not bring criminal charges against Hillary Clinton over her handling of emails while she was secretary of state.
“The Threat” is likely to draw comparisons to “A Higher Loyalty,” the best-seller by McCabe’s former boss, James Comey, whom Trump fired in 2017.
Billy Idol returning for Vegas residency
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A rebel yell will be heard again in Las Vegas.
Palms Casino Resort and Live Nation on Tuesday have announced Billy Idol is returning for his second residency at the Pearl Concert Theater. The 62-year-old, known for such hits as “Rebel Yell,” ‘’Dancing with Myself” and “Mony Mony,” will be joined by his longtime guitarist Steve Stevens for the 10-show run in 2019.
Idol will play five dates in January and five dates in October. Tickets go on sale Friday.
Idol’s new disc, “Vital Idol: Revitalized,” featuring remixes of his classic hits, will be released Sept. 28.