Liam Scarlett Wiki – Liam Scarlett Biography
Liam Scarlett was a former Royal Ballet Choreographer who killed himself after sexual misconduct claims. Scarlett was suspended from Royal Ballet in 2019 over allegations and died in April 2021.
The Royal Opera House employed him as a dancer from 2005, then as an artist in residence from 2012, was accused in 2019.
He was 35 years old.
Sexual Misconduct Claims
He was suspended on full pay in September 2019 while the allegations were investigated.
Leah Hurst, the head of legal and business affairs for the Royal Opera House, told an inquest in Ipswich, Suffolk, that there were a “variety” of claims.
“Broadly they included inappropriate physical contact in rehearsals and other settings, sexual behavior out of the workplace that was felt to be inappropriate, improperly made casting decisions,” she said.
She said there were “sufficient grounds to proceed to a disciplinary process,” and Scarlett was informed of this in January 2020. She told press reports at the time incorrectly said the allegations involved children.
She said that after the reporting, further allegations were received via a whistleblowing hotline.
She said that Scarlett approached the Royal Opera House through his lawyers and said he wanted to leave before the disciplinary process.
“We negotiated terms of departure with his solicitors and he left on 23 March 2020,” Hurst said.
She said that Scarlett was offered support, adding: “We had not only to think of our duty of care towards Liam but also those individuals who came forward.”
Scarlett’s parents, Deborah and Laurence Scarlett went to his flat in Bramford, near Ipswich, on 12 April this year, after each receiving text messages from him, and called emergency services after finding him there. He had left notes to family members.
He suffered a cardiac arrest and died at Ipswich hospital four days later of a brain injury.
Recording that Scarlett died by suicide, Suffolk’s area coroner, Jacqueline Devonish, said: “It’s clear from his own words that there were feelings of humiliation around all of what happened in regards to those allegations.”
Devonish said Scarlett “clearly knew” that his production of Frankenstein had been called off by the Royal Danish Ballet ahead of its announcement on 16 April and that this may also have been a factor.
His mother said she spoke to her son about the allegations after they appeared in the press. She said: “He told me they weren’t true, and he couldn’t understand why people would make allegations against him.
“We feel Liam would not have taken his life if his name hadn’t been dragged through the press with inaccurate allegations.”