The Charleston Ballet Theatre has sued an anonymous critic for slander, citing an email containing what the suit calls “defamatory statements and disparaging remarks.”
The short email, distributed on Feb. 17 “to several dance companies all over the United States, including members of the Regional Dance America (RDA),” a ballet trade group, referred to recent difficulties at the Charleston Ballet, which is incorporated in Tennessee as Beale Street Ballet.
“Things at Charleston Ballet Theatre are not what they seem,” the email reads. “More and more members of the board resign every day due to the abusive treatment of dancers and the mismanaging of funds.”
Last month, Bahr responded to the newspaper’s queries with a written statement acknowledging some of the management and financial problems, as well as a report concerning dancers’ complaints. She faulted unnamed critics for undermining the wellbeing of the ballet company.
“The harsh reality is that certain individuals continue to generate this negative press through social media and the Internet,” Bahr wrote.
Read more in tomorrow’s editions of The Post and Courier.