NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Award-winner Ben Vereen is apologizing to female actresses for “inappropriate conduct” while he directed a production of the musical “Hair” in Florida three years ago.
The apology on Twitter comes a day after the New York Daily News reported several actresses at The Venice Theatre alleged sexual misconduct by Vereen, including unwanted kissing, inviting women to join him naked in his hot tub and making demeaning and degrading comments.READ MORE: NYPD: Wounded Officer Wilbert Mora Being Transferred To NYU Langone Medical Center, Still In Critical Condition
Vereen, who won a Tony in “Pippin” and starred in the landmark TV miniseries “Roots,” also appeared in the original cast of “Hair,” which celebrates protest, pot and free love.READ MORE: Police: 62-Year-Old Pushed Onto Subway Tracks In Lower Manhattan
Vereen says his intention was “to create an environment that replicated the themes of that musical during the rehearsal process.” He hoped the women accepted his “sincere apology.”MORE NEWS: Police Escort Body Of NYPD Officer Jason Rivera To Inwood Funeral Home
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