Travis Wall denies rape allegations, ‘heartbroken’ that dancers quit

Written by Nisreen Adamjee, CNN US dance company Break the Floor has parted ways with award-winning choreographer Travis Wall, as the team — most notably the dancer who claimed Wall raped her — works…

Travis Wall denies rape allegations, 'heartbroken' that dancers quit

Written by Nisreen Adamjee, CNN

US dance company Break the Floor has parted ways with award-winning choreographer Travis Wall, as the team — most notably the dancer who claimed Wall raped her — works to rebuild its reputation in the wake of the Project Unicorn report.

“(I’m) so deeply saddened and frustrated that no one would take me seriously. I was taken in, paid with false promises, and when I came to my senses I had no allies in the company to stand by me,” the dancer wrote on Twitter Monday.

Break the Floor was founded by Wall, who founded the company in 2013 in his hometown of Cleveland, and is now based in New York.

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Wall denies the rape allegations against him. He was a guest artist for Break the Floor, part of the Ballroom and Latin Dance Association’s Elite Development Series, which he joined in 2012. Wall subsequently won two coveted GRAMMY Awards as a choreographer in 2017 and 2018.

In an email Monday, Wall said “not once” did he witness any misconduct during the four years that he was involved with Break the Floor.

“I am disgusted with the events that led to my departure from Break the Floor and cannot completely relate to what’s being described,” he said.

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According to Break the Floor’s statement — released Monday night and obtained by CNN — the company will be “temporarily closed” for a week following the conclusion of Break the Floor’s London tour at the end of this month.

The company will be on hiatus through to December 24 while the dancers “focus on resolving our performance calendar and getting back on track” through a new full time director, the statement said.

The announcement comes after Break the Floor’s owner, Dr. Mike Tan, made a statement to Star Magazine , apologizing for any hurt caused to the dancer who alleged she was raped by Wall in March 2014.

“I am deeply sorry for any damage to your reputation caused by this (project) which we felt was unjustified, and I am proud to stand by our dancers’ support,” he said.

The dancer, who wished to remain anonymous, wrote to Stars, saying she and Wall met after her move to New York, where she found him to be “emotionally intense.”

“He began to take advantage of me over a period of time,” she wrote, later alleging that Wall forced her to perform oral sex. She says she felt isolated in their relationship because she was transgender.

She told Star that she fled to her apartment in Brooklyn to avoid him. During the journey she said she told her roommate that she was raped. She said she was then asked to leave the house by an accomplice who she said agreed to continue the journey with her but was later questioned by police.

The dancer told Stars that it took four months to reach an agreement with Break the Floor, which she said “tore up my medical papers, got my contact info from (my) roommate, never called to follow up on a prescription and even made (her) pay for her own STD tests.”

In his statement to Star, Tan said the company met several times after she made the allegation to staff at Break the Floor but never took her to the police station.

Break the Floor co-founder Ashley Bolger, who is married to Wall, told Stars in a statement that she “unequivocally” denies that she was aware of any allegations of sexual misconduct against Wall.

“I believe the woman — in part, because I was raped at 12 years old,” she said. “It’s important for the world to know that being a victim of sexual assault is a real life thing, not an abstraction.”

Break the Floor’s statement accused Batra of “leaving the company at the time of her divorce” in April, adding: “It seemed prudent to recap and clean up the environment.”

New York’s Queens Borough President Melinda Katz met with Break the Floor at the end of October, and said at the time that she was unaware of any allegations at the time.

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