Famed ballet dancer gets 9 years for sexually assaulting students

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An ex-principal ballet dancer for the English National Ballet was sentenced to 9 years in jail for greater than a dozen counts of assault and rape towards his students.

Yat-Sen Chang, 49, was convicted by a London courtroom in May with 13 counts, together with one scholar who stated the dance teacher had compelled her into intercourse, according to The Guardian.

Chang started his sentence on Wednesday, in the future after World Ballet Day, which is well known yearly.

During the listening to, Judge Edward Connell informed the courtroom that the “internationally renowned” dancer had used his “fame and prestige” to control and abuse younger ladies underneath his cost on the Young Dancers Academy in London and with the ENB, between December 2009 and March 2016.

His victims, aged 16 to 18 on the time, claimed Chang — himself a father of an grownup daughter — had touched them inappropriately throughout post-practice massages.

“You became emboldened when the young women did not report your conduct,” Judge Connell informed Chang on Wednesday. “Your offending has had a profound impact on all your victims and you have demonstrated no remorse for your appalling behavior.”

As one in all Chang’s victims testified: “He did ruin most of my late teenage years. I hope he will face what he has done with regret and pain. I still feel haunted, violated, shamed and humiliated.”

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Mugshot of Yat-Sen Chang. Convicted in May, Chang confronted sentencing in a London courtroom on Wednesday.
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She stated she initially mischaracterized his demeanor as “nice,” however as she acquired older, she “became increasingly disgusted at what happened” with Chang, who informed the courtroom that he had “no idea” why the ladies had alleged assault.

His protection legal professional Kathryn Hirst reiterated that the ballerino is “not guilty in these matters,” however has finally “accept[ed] the jurors’ verdicts.”

Cuban-born Chang started his illustrious dance profession on the Cuban National Ballet School earlier than working in France, and finally, the UK the place he was supplied a contract to bop and run summer season dance applications. His productions with the English conservatory have included Nutcracker, Coppélia and Sleeping Beauty, till he stepped down from his principal function in 2011, at which level his sole focus grew to become operating the varsity.

The ENB issued a press release following Chang’s sentencing on Wednesday to say they had been “appalled” by the allegations. “English National Ballet was shocked and concerned to learn of the offenses of a former company dancer,” they stated. “Our thoughts are with the victims who have shown bravery and strength in raising their voices.”