Police to look into National Opera external evaluator's harassment report

Estonia Theater, home of the National Opera (Rahvusooper) in Tallinn.
Estonia Theater, home of the National Opera (Rahvusooper) in Tallinn. Source: Siim Lõvi /ERR

The Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) will look into a report prepared by an external labor law expert regarding harassment allegations made against the former National Opera's director Aivar Mäe this week.

PPA's press manager Marianne Ubaleht told ERR the document will be looked into next week and the interrogation of Aivar Mäe has been done.

Ubaleht added that Mäe's lawyer asked for additional procedural steps, which he has the right to ask.

At the end of August, Mäe announced that he would resign as the opera director, and on Friday, September 4, the National Opera Council announced a competition to find a new director.

Following allegations of harassment, the Estonian council hired an independent expert to whom the agency's staff were able to turn in August. The expert presented a report to the Council at the end of the summer.

In June, the weekly newspaper Eesti Ekspress published allegations about sexual harassment which lead to Mäe's suspension and resignation.


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