WATCH ABOVE: An independent investigation into allegations of sexual abuse continues for New West Theatre director Claude Giroux. Global’s Quinn Campbell reports.
LETHBRIDGE – New West Theatre director Claude Giroux is on administrative leave until the end of August amid allegations of sexual assault.
When asked about the accusations, the New West Theatre board of directors confirmed complaints were received, but said it was “not at liberty to provide further details.”
“In order to respect and protect the rights of the parties involved, an independent investigation has been initiated. To facilitate that process, the board and the artistic director agreed to an administrative leave until the end of the month.”
An anonymous email sent to Global News on Thursday claims “at least five complaints have been filed by New West Theatre employees as well as City of Lethbridge employees working at the Yates.”
Lethbridge police said they have not received any complaints.
City Solicitor Tim Jorgensen responded to questions about the allegations in an email, saying, “I can confirm that while the City does lease space to the Society in a landlord/tenant relationship, the Society is its own legal entity separate from the City. As such, I don’t believe it would be appropriate for me to comment on allegations related to their internal staffing issues.”
Giroux joined New West Theatre in May of 2015. He has spent time as artistic director at six theatres across Canada and the U.S., and was most recently working with TheatreK in West Vancouver, B.C.
Global News attempted to contact Giroux, but did not receive a response by publication time.