The opera singer Plácido Domingo has been accused of sexually harassing a number of girls over a interval of a number of a long time.
Eight singers and a dancer declare they have been sexually harassed by the Spanish tenor from the late 1980s, in response to the Related Press.
Solely one of many girls, mezzo-soprano Patricia Wulf, agreed to be named.
Domingo known as the accusations “deeply troubling, and as introduced, inaccurate” in a press release to AP.
“Nonetheless, it’s painful to listen to that I’ll have upset anybody or made them really feel uncomfortable irrespective of how way back and regardless of my finest intentions,” continued Domingo.
“I believed that every one of my interactions and relationships have been at all times welcomed and consensual.
“Individuals who know me or who’ve labored with me know that I’m not somebody who would deliberately hurt, offend, or embarrass anybody.”
Six different girls additionally declare the tenor made them really feel uncomfortable by making sexual feedback to them.
Ms Wulf says he did not bodily contact her however would come up near her each time she walked off stage and ask if she “needed to go dwelling tonight”.
One other lady stated Domingo put his hand down her skirt on one event. Three others stated he forcefully kissed them.
The incidents are stated to have taken place in several venues together with a dressing room, a lodge room, throughout a gathering and at opera firms the place Domingo held managerial positions.
“A enterprise lunch isn’t unusual,” one of many singers informed AP.
“Any person attempting to carry your hand throughout a enterprise lunch is unusual or placing their hand in your knee is slightly unusual. He was at all times touching you ultimately, and at all times kissing you.”
Domingo is at the moment the overall director of the Los Angeles Opera. He has additionally been creative director and later normal director on the Washington Nationwide Opera.
Domingo added in his assertion: “I recognise that the principles and requirements by which we’re and needs to be measured in opposition to right now are very totally different than they have been prior to now.
“I’m blessed and privileged to have had a greater than 50-year profession in opera and can maintain myself to the best requirements.”
Domingo, 78, stays considered one of opera’s largest stars, commanding sell-out audiences around the globe.
He performs often in London, most not too long ago in January within the Royal Opera Home’s manufacturing of La Traviata.
He is because of return to Covent Backyard in June 2020 in a revival of Verdi’s Don Carlo.
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