World-renowned conductor Charles Dutoit, right, performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra during a rehearsal in Philadelphia. The 81-year-old is the artistic director and principal conductor at London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.  File picture: Alex Brandon/AP
World-renowned conductor Charles Dutoit, right, performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra during a rehearsal in Philadelphia. The 81-year-old is the artistic director and principal conductor at London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. File picture: Alex Brandon/AP
In this 1991 photo provided by Paula Rasmussen, she poses while dressed for her part in "Madame Butterfly" at the Los Angeles Opera. Rasmussen is one of four women who have accused renowned conductor Charles Dutoit of sexual misconduct. Picture: Paula Rasmussen via AP
In this 1991 photo provided by Paula Rasmussen, she poses while dressed for her part in "Madame Butterfly" at the Los Angeles Opera. Rasmussen is one of four women who have accused renowned conductor Charles Dutoit of sexual misconduct. Picture: Paula Rasmussen via AP
Four women have accused conductor Charles Dutoit of sexual misconduct that allegedly occurred on the sidelines of rehearsals or performances with some of America's great orchestras.  File picture: Kyodo News via AP
Four women have accused conductor Charles Dutoit of sexual misconduct that allegedly occurred on the sidelines of rehearsals or performances with some of America's great orchestras. File picture: Kyodo News via AP
In this 1991 photo Paula Rasmussen poses while dressed for her part in "Les Troyens" at the Los Angeles Opera.  Picture: Paula Rasmussen via AP
In this 1991 photo Paula Rasmussen poses while dressed for her part in "Les Troyens" at the Los Angeles Opera. Picture: Paula Rasmussen via AP

San Francisco — Three opera singers and a classical musician say that world-renowned conductor Charles Dutoit sexually assaulted them on the sidelines of rehearsals and performances in five US cities.

The women told The Associated Press that Dutoit physically restrained them, sometimes thrust his tongue into their mouths, and in one case stuck one of their hands down his pants.

The four women say the incidents occurred between 1985 and 2010 in Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Saratoga Springs, New York.

The 81-year-old Dutoit did not respond to multiple attempts seeking comment.

Dutoit is artistic director and principal conductor of London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He has led orchestras in Philadelphia, Paris, Montreal and Tokyo and traveled widelyglobe as a guest conductor. He is scheduled to conduct the New York Philharmonic next month.

Associated Press