Class Actions

Royal Winnipeg Ballet Class Action —

This proposed class action is brought on behalf of all persons who attended the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School from 1984 to 2015 who were photographed by Bruce Monk in a private setting, and the dependents of those students.

Case Overview

This proposed class action is brought on behalf of all persons who attended the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School from 1984 to 2015 who were photographed by Bruce Monk in a private setting, and the dependents of those students.

The claim (see Fresh Amended Amended Statement of Claim) alleges that Bruce Monk, who was a teacher at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet from 1984 – 2015, coerced students of the Ballet School to be photographed by him in varying stages of undress, up to and including lurid, fully naked photographs of some of the young women. He compounded this breach of trust and breach of fiduciary duty by then posting some of these photographs for sale on the internet. The claim asserts that Monk breached his fiduciary duty to the students, and committed a breach of confidence, breach of trust, intruded upon the seclusion of the students, invaded their privacy, and committed the tort of public disclosure of private facts.

The claim is also brought against the Royal Winnipeg Ballet on the basis of its vicarious liability for the tortious conduct of its teacher, for its own systemic negligence in failing to properly supervise Monk’s conduct, and for turning a blind eye to Monk’s improper conduct.

Were you a student of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet who was photographed by Bruce Monk in a private session?
If so, we would like to hear from you.
Please complete our confidential online form, and a member of our team will get back to you, typically within one business day.
Or you can contact us directly at:

  • marg@waddellphillips.ca
  • (t) 416-477-6979
  • (f) 416-477-1657
  • 36 Toronto St., Suite 1120, Toronto, ON, M5C 2C5
    attn.: Royal Winnipeg Ballet Class Action

Case Overview

This proposed class action is brought on behalf of all persons who attended the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School from 1984 to 2015 who were photographed by Bruce Monk in a private setting, and the dependents of those students.

The claim (see Fresh Amended Amended Statement of Claim) alleges that Bruce Monk, who was a teacher at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet from 1984 – 2015, coerced students of the Ballet School to be photographed by him in varying stages of undress, up to and including lurid, fully naked photographs of some of the young women. He compounded this breach of trust and breach of fiduciary duty by then posting some of these photographs for sale on the internet. The claim asserts that Monk breached his fiduciary duty to the students, and committed a breach of confidence, breach of trust, intruded upon the seclusion of the students, invaded their privacy, and committed the tort of public disclosure of private facts.

The claim is also brought against the Royal Winnipeg Ballet on the basis of its vicarious liability for the tortious conduct of its teacher, for its own systemic negligence in failing to properly supervise Monk’s conduct, and for turning a blind eye to Monk’s improper conduct.

Were you a student of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet who was photographed by Bruce Monk in a private session?
If so, we would like to hear from you.
Please complete our confidential online form, and a member of our team will get back to you, typically within one business day.
Or you can contact us directly at:

  • marg@waddellphillips.ca
  • (t) 416-477-6979
  • (f) 416-477-1657
  • 36 Toronto St., Suite 1120, Toronto, ON, M5C 2C5
    attn.: Royal Winnipeg Ballet Class Action

The Fresh Amended Amended Statement of Claim has been served on the Defendants.

Neither Monk nor the Royal Winnipeg Ballet has delivered a statement of defence in response to the claim.

The motion for certification of the action as a class proceeding has not yet been scheduled.

An application for funding for this action was heard by the Class Proceedings Fund on October 11, 2017.  The funding application was successful. The Class Proceedings Fund will provide some funding for the costs of disbursements incurred in prosecuting the case, and will provide an indemnity to the plaintiff for any adverse cost awards made by the court.  In exchange, the Fund will be entitled to receive 10% of the net proceeds of any judgment or settlement achieved for the class.

Further updates will be posted as the case progresses.

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