Ballet Director Says Benefactor With Foot Fetish Sexually Harassed Her
The artistic director of a Manhattan ballet company says one of her benefactors sexually harassed her– by making her the object of his freaky foot fetish, according to a new lawsuit.
Leonora Volpe, of the Metropolitan Repertory Ballet, says sponsor Anthony Carmine Paniccioli started off complimenting her “tight ass” and “long legs” and asking if “men salivate over your feet?” according to papers filed in Manhattan Supreme court.
Volpe said in the lawsuit that the come-ons escalated when Paniccioli asked to “massage [Volpe’s] feet with his tongue” then excused “himself to the rest room where he remained for a lengthy period of time,” the suit says.
The two began working together in 2011 on a film about ballet. Volpe says the alleged harassment built during that collaboration—Paniccioli would ask her to dance for him, or reenact a bathing scene. Often these encounters would end with him exposing his erect penis, court papers claim.
The complaint also claims Paniccioli “began to continually talk about male sex organs, and particularly for some bizarre reason, the size and girth of his brother Ernie’s penis.”
Volpe’s suing for unspecified damages, and is represented by Manhattan attorney Derek Smith.
Paniccioli could not be reached immediately for comment.