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Three schools sever ties with influential musician amid abuse allegations

Eric Alexander Hewitt –Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff/file 2005

The Boston Conservatory at Berklee has cut ties with a high-profile professor, well known in the city’s contemporary classical music scene, amid allegations of abusive behavior and sexual improprieties.

Eric Alexander Hewitt — a saxophonist, conductor, and gatekeeper to coveted performance berths for young musicians — was placed on leave during a Globe investigation ­into alleged sexual mistreatment of women at the conservatory and beyond.

In addition to losing his position as an associate professor at the conservatory in late November, Hewitt had his contract working with the Boston College High School jazz band severed, and Phillips Exeter Academy placed him on leave from an adjunct teaching position, according to representatives of those institutions.