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Liam Scarlett dead: Former Royal ballet choreographer dies at 35 as family share statement


Liam Scarlett has died aged 35 it has been confirmed. He left The Royal Ballet last year amid allegations of inappropriate behaviour.

In an emotional statement, his family said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the tragic, untimely death of our beloved Liam.

“At this difficult time for all of our family, we would ask that you respect our privacy to enable us to grieve our loss.”

Taking to Twitter, The Royal Opera House said: “We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Liam Scarlett’s death.

“Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this very sad time.”

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In August 2019, Liam lost his position at The Royal Ballet when it had been confirmed by The Royal Opera House that an independent investigation around Liam had come to an end.

He had faced allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards his students.

There “were no matters to pursue in relation to alleged contact with students of The Royal Ballet School”, it said.

Mr Scarlett had joined the Royal Ballet Company in 2006 before retiring from dancing in 2012 to put his efforts into choreography.

“Liam Scarlett is no longer employed by the Royal Ballet. Since then, the Royal Theatre has actively sought dialogue with its own employees who have worked with Liam Scarlett.

“That process has now led to the theatre cancelling the upcoming performance,” reported The Times.

Theatre director, Kasper Holten said: “Offensive behaviour is unacceptable at the Royal Theatre, also from visiting artists.

“The wellbeing and safety of our employees is a high priority for us.


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