Opera singer Plácido Domingo has been accused of sexually harassing a number of ladies for a number of a long time.
Eight singers and a dancer say they had been sexually harassed by the Spanish tenor within the late 1980s, in response to the Related Press information company.
Solely one of many ladies, the mezzo-soprano Patricia Wulf, agreed to be named.
Domingo has denied the accusations, and the Los Angeles Opera, which he directs, has pledged to analyze with the assistance of an "exterior lawyer."
"Nonetheless, it’s painful to listen to that it could have bothered somebody or made them really feel uncomfortable, irrespective of how way back and regardless of my greatest intentions," Mr. Domingo continued.
"Individuals who know me or have labored with me know that I’m not somebody who would deliberately hurt, offend or embarrass somebody."
Six different ladies additionally declare that the tenor made them really feel uncomfortable doing "sexual overtures" in the direction of them, AP reported.
Ms. Wulf mentioned she didn’t contact her bodily, however approached her each time she left the stage and requested if she "needed to go residence tonight."
One other girl mentioned Sunday ran her hand over her skirt as soon as. Three others mentioned he kissed them onerous.
It’s mentioned that the incidents passed off elsewhere, together with a dressing room, a resort room, throughout a gathering and in opera firms the place Domingo held managerial positions.
"A enterprise lunch just isn’t unusual," one of many singers advised AP.
"Somebody making an attempt to carry your hand throughout a enterprise lunch is unusual or placing your hand in your knee is a bit unusual. I at all times touched you by some means and at all times kissed you."
Sunday was as a consequence of carry out on the opening evening live performance of the Philadelphia Orchestra on September 18, however the group mentioned that, in gentle of the accusations, there have been He withdrew his invitation.
Domingo is at the moment the final director of the Los Angeles Opera. He has additionally been inventive director after which normal director on the Washington Nationwide Opera.
Domingo added in his assertion: "I acknowledge that the foundations and requirements by which we’re and should be measured in the present day are very completely different from what they had been prior to now."
"I’ve the luck and the privilege of getting had a profession of greater than 50 years within the opera and I’ll stay within the highest requirements".
Domingo, 78, stays one of the vital necessary stars of the opera, commanding audiences with bought out tickets world wide.
He’s married to his second spouse, the soprano Marta Ornelas, since 1962.
He performs commonly in London, most lately in January within the manufacturing of La Traviata of the Royal Opera Home.
He’s scheduled to return to Covent Backyard in June 2020 in a revival of Don Carlo de Verdi.
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