Philadelphia Orchestra removes Charles Dutoit’s title

In 2011, world-renowned conductor Charles Dutoit performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra during a rehearsal in Philadelphia. Four women have accused Dutoit of sexual misconduct that allegedly occurred on the sidelines of rehearsals or performances with some of America's great orchestras. The 81-year-old is the artistic director and principal conductor at London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor laureate of the Philadelphia Orchestra.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

In 2011, world-renowned conductor Charles Dutoit performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra during a rehearsal in Philadelphia. Four women have accused Dutoit of sexual misconduct that allegedly occurred on the sidelines of rehearsals or performances with some of America's great orchestras. The 81-year-old is the artistic director and principal conductor at London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor laureate of the Philadelphia Orchestra. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

The Philadelphia Orchestra has removed Charles Dutoit’s title of conductor laureate following allegations of sexual misconduct.

The orchestra also says it has ended its affiliation with Dutoit, its chief conductor from 2008-12.

In a statement Friday, the orchestra says “we encourage anyone in our organization who has experienced inappropriate conduct of any type to come forward, and we will respond with the utmost seriousness and sensitivity.”

Below is the full statement released Friday by the Philadelphia Orchestra.

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