NYC Ballet Must Rehire Dancers Fired Over Nude Photos

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  • New York City Ballet ordered to reinstate two male dancers fired for allegedly sharing nude photos of women and sexually explicit texts
  • The arbitrator ruled Friday that the company should not have fired Amar Ramasar and Zachary Catarazo in September
  • The two were named in lawsuit by former student at the company's affiliated school; City Ballet said it was within its rights to fire them

An arbitrator has ordered the New York City Ballet to reinstate two male dancers who were fired for allegedly sharing nude photos of women and sexually explicit texts.

The arbitrator ruled Friday that the company should not have fired Amar Ramasar and Zachary Catarazo in September.

They were named in a lawsuit by a former student at the company's affiliated school.

Alexandra Waterbury said City Ballet tolerated a "fraternity-like atmosphere" where male dancers understood that "they could degrade, demean, mistreat and abuse, assault and batter women without consequence."

Ramasar said he was "beyond grateful" to be reinstated. Catarazo said he was grateful for the ruling but would not rejoin City Ballet.

City Ballet said it believes it was within its rights to fire the dancers but will abide by the ruling.

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