Royal Winnipeg Ballet fires teacher in wake of Maclean’s cover story

School cuts ties with Bruce Monk after four women allege he took inappropriate photos of them


The Royal Winnipeg Ballet has fired faculty member Bruce Monk, following a Maclean‘s cover story that alleges the veteran teacher took inappropriate photos of students in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

“We have come to a decision that the individual will no longer be associated with the RWB,” executive director Jeff Herd wrote in a release early Thursday morning. “We cannot comment on any of the allegations or stories that are currently circulating in the media. What we do know is that there is an investigation and we are fully co-operating with the authorities through the process.”

The school placed Monk on paid administrative leave in January after police informed Herd that a faculty member was under investigation. On Tuesday, the ballet cut ties with Monk.

In a Maclean’s investigation spanning six months, four women alleged that Monk photographed each of them, when they were teens, while nude or in various states of undress. They’re now concerned where those images may have ended up.

Maclean’s contacted Monk repeatedly in the course of its investigation, including via a letter sent by registered mail that laid out in detail the allegations contained in this story. Monk has refused to comment on the complaints by the former students and, last week, wrote in an email: “On the advice of my attorney, I have no comment on any of these ridiculous allegations.”

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