Royal Ballet star Liam Scarlett, 35, found dead amid allegations of inappropriate behavior

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Royal Ballet star Liam Scarlett, 35, found dead amid allegations of inappropriate behavior


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Internationally renowned choreographer Liam Scarlett has passed away at the age of 35.
Scarlett had been suspended from the Royal Ballet over allegations of inappropriate behavior with male students.

Scarlett was the youngest choreographer to have a full ballet commissioned by the company.

A statement from his family said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the tragic and untimely death of our beloved Liam.

“In this difficult time for our whole family, we ask you to respect our privacy so that we can mourn our loss. “

Scarlett’s position with the Royal Ballet came to an end last year, when the Royal Opera House, home to the Royal Ballet Company, said an independent investigation into Scarlett had ended.

Liam Scarlett has died aged 35
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There was “no question to pursue regarding alleged contacts with students of the Royal Ballet School,” he said.

Scarlett joined the Royal Ballet Company in 2006 and retired from dance in 2012 to focus on choreography.

The artist-in-residence has been investigated into allegations of sexual misconduct involving students.

Scarlett met the Prince of Wales through her work at the Royal Opera House
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The allegations have sent shock waves through the ballet world, with Australia’s Queensland Ballet among those severing ties with Scarlett.

The Royal Opera House had previously said it was “made aware of allegations relating to Liam Scarlett” in August 2019.

“The individual was immediately suspended and an independent disciplinary investigation was opened,” he said.

His works for the Royal Ballet include Despite, Vayamos al Diablo, Consolations and Liebestraum, Asphodel Meadows and a new production of Swan Lake.

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