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Plácido Domingo accused of sexual harassment

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The opera
singer Plácido Domingo has been accused of sexually harassing several women
over a number of decades.

Eight
singers and a dancer claim they were sexually harassed by the Spanish tenor
from the late 1980s, according to the Associated Press.

Only one of
the women, mezzo-soprano Patricia Wulf, agreed to be named.

Domingo
called the accusations “deeply troubling, and as presented, inaccurate”
in a statement to AP.

“Still,
it is painful to hear that I may have upset anyone or made them feel
uncomfortable no matter how long ago and despite my best intentions,”
continued Domingo.

“I
believed that all of my interactions and relationships were always welcomed and
consensual.

“People
who know me or who have worked with me know that I am not someone who would
intentionally harm, offend, or embarrass anyone.”

Six other
women also claim the tenor made them feel uncomfortable by making “sexual
overtures” towards them, AP reported.

Ms Wulf said
he didn’t physically touch her but would come up close to her every time she
walked off stage and ask if she “had to go home tonight”.

Another
woman said Domingo put his hand down her skirt on one occasion. Three others
said he forcefully kissed them.

The
incidents are said to have taken place in different venues including a dressing
room, a hotel room, during a meeting and at opera companies where Domingo held
managerial positions.

“A
business lunch is not strange,” one of the singers told AP.

“Somebody
trying to hold your hand during a business lunch is strange or putting their
hand on your knee is a little strange. He was always touching you in some way,
and always kissing you.”

Domingo is
currently the general director of the Los Angeles Opera. He has also been
artistic director and later general director at the Washington National Opera.

Domingo
added in his statement: “I recognise that the rules and standards by which
we are and should be measured against today are very different than they were
in the past.

“I am
blessed and privileged to have had a more than 50-year career in opera and will
hold myself to the highest standards.”

Domingo, 78,
remains one of opera’s biggest stars, commanding sell-out audiences around the
world.

He has been
married to his second wife, the soprano Marta Ornelas, since 1962.

He performs
regularly in London, most recently in January in the Royal Opera House’s
production of La Traviata.

He is due to return to Covent Garden in June 2020 in a revival of Verdi’s Don Carlo.

Source: AP

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