TALLINN - Director of the Estonian National Opera Aivar Mae made a public statement on Thursday, saying that he has provided explanations and an apology both to the public and the staff of the National Opera.
"In order to guarantee impartiality of the proceedings initiated by the police, I do not deem it appropriate to further comment on the matter publicly. In order to protect my rights, I have turned to a legal advisor, sworn advocate Paul Keres," he said.
Mae noted that in accordance with an agreement with Keres, the latter will be the one to provide the media with any further explanations if he deems it possible and justified.
The council of the Estonian National Opera at an extraordinary meeting on Thursday decided to suspend Mae's employment contract for two months. Several former and current woman employees of the National Opera have anonymously accused Mae of harassment.
Chairman of the council of the Estonian National Opera Arne Mikk submitted his resignation from the post at the council meeting on Thursday.