2 dancers fired by NYC Ballet over nude photo accusations

NEW YORK (AP) — Two dancers have been fired from the New York City Ballet amid accusations that they were part of a ring of male dancers who inappropriately shared nude photos and videos of women.

The ballet company announced the firings Saturday of principal dancers Amar Ramasar and Zachary Catarazo.

Both were named in a lawsuit filed this month by a woman who said they were part of a group of dancers that texted each other nude photos of women taken without their consent.

A third dancer, Chase Finlay, resigned last month.

Ballet officials said they were planning to fire Finlay when he resigned. They said all three dancers "violated the norms of conduct" that the company expects from employees.

A union representing Ramasar and Catarazo said it would challenge the firings.