The opera singer Plácido Domingo has been accused of sexually harassing a number of girls over numerous a long time.
Eight singers and a dancer declare they had been sexually harassed by the Spanish tenor from the late 1980s, in line with the Related Press information company.
Solely one of many girls, 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 “exterior counsel”.
“Nonetheless, it’s painful to listen to that I could have upset anybody or made them really feel uncomfortable irrespective of how way back and regardless of my finest intentions,” continued Mr Domingo.
“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 overtures” in direction of them, AP reported.
Ms Wulf stated 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 house tonight”.
One other girl 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 corporations the place Domingo held managerial positions.
“A enterprise lunch just isn’t unusual,” one of many singers advised AP.
“Any person making an attempt to carry your hand throughout a enterprise lunch is unusual or placing their hand in your knee is just a little unusual. He was all the time touching you indirectly, and all the time kissing you.”
Domingo was resulting from seem on the Philadelphia Orchestra’s opening night time live performance on 18 September however the organisation stated, within the mild of the allegations, it had withdrawn its invitation.
Domingo is at the moment the final director of the Los Angeles Opera. He has additionally been inventive director and later normal director on the Washington Nationwide Opera.
Domingo added in his assertion: “I recognise that the foundations and requirements by which we’re and needs to be measured in opposition to at the moment are very completely different than they had been up to now.
“I’m blessed and privileged to have had a greater than 50-year profession in opera and can maintain myself to the very best requirements.”
Domingo, 78, stays one in every of opera’s greatest stars, commanding sell-out audiences world wide.
He has been married to his second spouse, the soprano Marta Ornelas, since 1962.
He performs frequently in London, most lately 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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