Elsewhere online
September 21, 2015

Perelman's Claims 'Totally Untrue,' Say Carnegie Hall Trustees

Five ranking members of Carnegie Hall's board sent a letter to fellow trustees Friday refuting Chairman Ronald O. Perelman's allegations of a lack of financial transparency and oversight at the storied New York venue, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal write.

The internal quarrel has roiled the board, which includes several prominent New York executives and philanthropists, and prompted Mr. Perelman to step down as chairman. Friday's letter was signed by the panel's five vice chairs, who are serving as a subcommittee investigating Mr. Perelman's claims of mismanagement by Carnegie Hall's executive director, Clive Gillinson.

In a letter to the trustees Wednesday, Mr. Perelman asserted the board has not exercised sufficient oversight of Carnegie Hall's finances and did not respond diligently to his concerns about Mr. Gillinson's management, which led him to briefly suspend the director last month. In their missive, the vice chairs termed his accusations "totally untrue."