The Met moved last July to dismiss the defamation counts. New York Supreme Court Justice Andrea Masley on Tuesday dismissed all but one of the defamation claims. Breach of contract claims remain part of the suit.
Bettina B. Plevan, a lawyer for the Met, said the company was pleased. Levine's lawyer, Edward J.M. Little, said he was encouraged by the decision to uphold the one defamation claim. "The Met didn't just fire him," Little said in a statement. "It defamed him on the way out after his 50 years of brilliant artistic genius that contributed greatly to what the Met became."