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Former Boston Ballet star and husband accused of sexually abusing dancers

A former Boston Ballet star has been named in a federal lawsuit that accuses the ballerina and her husband of sexually abusing dancers they mentor.

Earlier this summer, Sage Humphries and Gina Menichino filed a lawsuit against dance teacher Mitchell Taylor Button and made troubling allegations that he treated them before sexually assaulting them while they were his young students.

Then last week, that civil lawsuit, filed in Nevada, was amended to include three more plaintiffs and named former Boston Ballet principal dancer Dusty Button, wife of Mitchell Taylor Button, as a co-accused.

“This is a case concerning a couple who exploited their position of power and influence in the dance world to sexually abuse young dancers across the country,” the complaint filed on September 23 said in the Nevada District.

Boston Ballet Corps dancer Dusty Button on August 28, 2013, in a piece she choreographed for its world premiere.Pat Greenhouse / Boston Globe via Getty Images file

The new lawsuit included allegations of dancers Rosemarie DeAngelo, Danielle Gutierrez and a “Jane Doe 100” plaintiff.

The Buttons live in Las Vegas and they could not be reached for comment on Thursday at any of their publicly listed phone numbers. But their lawyer said the couple deny all the allegations.

“Our position remains the same,” defense lawyer Marc Randazza said in a statement. “We are eager to clear both of their names in court. “

The anonymous accuser was underage in 2014 and was dancing with a contemporary dance company that was renting a studio at the Boston Ballet, when she met Dusty Button, according to the lawsuit.

The Buttons took an interest in the young dancer and together they sexually assaulted her, according to the civil complaint.

Humphries also said she was abused by both Buttons who “regularly used painful sex toys on Sage and tied Sage up, in order to have sex with her,” the lawsuit said.

“Sage never consented to these violent sexual acts,” according to the complaint.

The Associated Press and Whitney lee contributed.

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