Soulpepper parts ways with executive director, cancels planned production

Soulpepper Theatre Company says it has severed ties with another key figure and cancelled an upcoming production days after its founding artistic director stepped down over sexual misconduct allegations.

The Toronto-based company says it has formally parted ways with executive director Leslie Lester, who took a voluntary leave of absence when four actresses levelled allegations against her husband Albert Schultz.

The women filed lawsuits against Schultz and Soulpepper, claiming the renowned director had sexually harassed them with impunity for years.

Schultz has denied the allegations and said he will ``vigorously defend'' himself against them.

Soulpepper says it is also cancelling an upcoming production of ``Amadeus,'' which Schultz was set to direct.

The theatre company says it was unaware of any allegations of misconduct against Schultz or anyone else, having conducted investigations into the issue as recently as this past fall.