Opera Legend Placido Domingo Accused of Sexual Harassment by 9 Women

Women accuse opera legend Placido Domingo of sexual harassment AP

Opera superstar Placido Domingo accused of sexual harassment: Report

The only company in the U.S.to cancel a performance featuring Domingo is the Philadelphia Orchestra; the opera star was to appear in the company's opening day concert.

Multiple women have come forward to The Associated Press to allege that Plácido Domingo, one of the world's most powerful and recognizable opera stars, sexually harassed them in a series of incidents over the course of some 30 years.

But his accusers and others in the industry say there is a troubling side to Domingo - one they say has always been an open secret in the opera world. I believed that all of my interactions and relationships were always welcomed and consensual.

Another said, "I felt like prey".

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The news agency reported that the Madrid-born tenor and opera director allegedly harassed young women who were starting their careers, offering jobs in exchange for sexual favors and professionally punishing those who refused his advances.

Domingo, 78, was accused by eight singers and one dancer of misconduct that seemingly began as far back as the 1980's and has included unwanted kissing, touching and fondling, often with the promise of opera work or connections as a result. If they did join him for a meal, they said they were told to avoid alcohol and meet at a public place - for lunch, not dinner. "People who know me or who have worked with me know that I am not someone who would intentionally harm, offend, or embarrass anyone", his statement read. The company said in a statement, "LA Opera will engage outside counsel to investigate the concerning allegations about Placido Domingo".

"However, 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", it added.

The accusers described a pattern of behavior that involved repeated contacts, including late-night phone calls, and requests for private meetings at his apartment or hotel room under the guise of career advice, the AP reported. "And definitely don't be alone with him". "We will await the results of the investigation into Plácido Domingo's behavior as head of the Los Angeles Opera before making any final decisions about Mr. Domingo's ultimate future at the Met".

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In the spirit of the Me Too era many praised the move by saying it was "high time" he was held accountable and calling the accusations in the report "strong".

Two of the women said they briefly gave in to Domingo's advances, feeling they couldn't risk jeopardizing their careers by saying no to the most powerful man in their profession.

"When I clearly was not going to have sex with him, he just walked me to the elevator and went back to his room". Wulf sang with Domingo at the Washington National Opera, where he was the artistic director until 2011.

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