He was suspended from the company after being accused of sexual harassment
British dancer and choreographer Liam Scarlett considered a star of the London Royal Ballet before being accused of sexual harassment, died suddenly this Saturday at the age of 35, according to his family in a statement that does not clarify the cause of death: “With great sadness we announce the tragic and untimely death of our beloved Liam. At this difficult time for the family, we ask for respect for our privacy to allow us to cry. “
Scarlett danced for the Royal Ballet from 2006 to 2012, before retiring as a dancer. The institution then offered him the position of artist-in-residence. Considered the child prodigy of British ballet, he later had a dazzling career as a choreographer with a notable version of “Swan Lake” in 2018. However, in the summer of 2019 he was suspended from the Royal Ballet after being investigated for sexual harassment.
Several of his students accused him of touching while they changed clothes and even coercing them through social networks to send him intimate photographs. Also of bullying: “He seemed to enjoy that people were afraid of him.” “He is the hen that lays the golden egg. People buy tickets for his choreography, which makes everyone too scared to tell anything,” one of those affected then explained to the Times newspaper .