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Thu Sep 30, 2021, 11:35 PM

Lawsuit accuses former Boston Ballet star and her husband of sexually abusing dancers

A former star of the Boston Ballet was named in a federal lawsuit that accuses her and her husband of sexually abusing dancers they were mentoring.

Two women, Sage Humphries and Gina Menichino, sued dance instructor Mitchell Taylor Button this summer and made disturbing allegations that he groomed them before he sexually abused them while they were his young students.

The civil complaint, filed Sept. 23 in U.S. District Court in Nevada, was amended last week to add three plaintiffs and to name former Boston Ballet principal dancer Dusty Button, Button's wife, as a co-defendant.

"The is a case about a couple who exploited their position of power and influence in the dance world to sexually abuse young dancers across the country," the complaint said.

The amended suit includes allegations by dancers Rosemarie DeAngelo and Danielle Gutierrez and a plaintiff identified as "Jane Doe 100."


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