Charges from the Office of the New York State Attorney General, claiming that the artistic director of a 75-year-old dance troupe engaged in self-dealing in loaning his group money at above market interest rates and receiving payments to cover his personal expenses, must go to trial, a state judge has ruled.

In denying a motion from the leader of the troupe, Rick Schussel, for summary judgment dismissing the suit, Acting Supreme Court Justice Judith S. Gische of Manhattan wrote that Schussel, who is also a member of the troupe’s board, had failed to present evidence that he had lent money to the group at a rate that was “fair and reasonable.”

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