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Conductor Dutoit denies sexual misconduct allegations

FILE- In this Oct. 19, 2011 file photo, world-renowned conductor Charles Dutoit, right, performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra during a rehearsal in...
FILE - In this June 19, 2003 file photo, conductor Charles Dutoit performs with NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, Japan. Four women have accused Dutoit...

FILE- In this Oct. 19, 2011 file photo, world-renowned conductor Charles Dutoit, right, performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra during a rehearsal in...

FILE - In this June 19, 2003 file photo, conductor Charles Dutoit performs with NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, Japan. Four women have accused Dutoit...

LONDON (AP) — Renowned conductor Charles Dutoit has denied serious accusations of sexual misconduct.

Dutoit's office issued a statement Saturday saying the allegations "have absolutely no basis in truth."

The Associated Press reported earlier this week that four women had accused him of sexual assault.

Dutoit's statement says he is seeking legal advice and plans to defend himself.

He says "media accusations on serious physical abuse do not help society tackle these issues properly if the claims are in fact not true."

The 81-year-old Dutoit is artistic director and principal conductor at the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London.