BREAK THE FLOOR founder Travis Wall will not be touring with the group after a report from The New York Times detailed allegations of sexual misconduct against him.
The story chronicled the revelations of three women, one who said that in a rehearsal break, Wall hugged her and “grabbed her breasts.” Another said that he placed his hands on her buttocks as she rehearsed. Lastly, a former employee accused him of being verbally abusive and controlling.
In a statement issued through a PR company, Wall acknowledged the stories and apologized, and said he knew the women were upset, but said that they “never described their stories to me directly” about the encounters.
“I failed to protect them by failing to take action,” he said. “I deeply regret this and feel terrible for any pain that they have experienced.”
Wall will step down as chief executive of the company in order to address the issues raised in the story. The New York Post first reported Wall’s departure.
The Times story also included allegations from two other women who worked with Break the Floor as dancers, but did not go on the record.
Wall co-founded Break the Floor in 2008. The group, which performs everything from modern dance to hip-hop, has become a staple in New York’s dance community.
The criticism of Wall’s conduct extends beyond theater. His next performance with Break the Floor has been canceled, according to The Daily Beast.