Opera company Los Angeles Opera has decided to investigate the allegations against singer Plácido Domingo. He is accused of sexual harassment by various women in the opera world. A spokesperson for LA Opera calls the allegations "worrying," CBS reports.
"We want to do everything we can to create a professional and cooperative environment in which all our employees feel comfortable, valued and respected", can be read in the LA Opera response.
Philadelphia Orchestra Symphony Orchestra is the first company that has decided not to work with Domingo anymore. The opera singer would perform during a concert on September 18, but this invitation has been withdrawn. In a statement, the orchestra says it wants to offer a 'safe and respectful environment' to employees.
Domingo denies allegations of sexual harassment
AP news agency reports on Tuesday morning that several women say they have been put under pressure for years by the world-famous tenor and opera singer. Most of the women interviewed were in the profession at the start of their careers when they were approached by Domingo. He put pressure on the victims to perform sexual acts with them and would have threatened to break their careers if they said no. For example, several victims say they no longer have roles after they refused.
The Spaniard denied the allegations in a statement. He states that all his contacts were by mutual agreement, although he adds that men's behavior in this area is now viewed differently. "It has never been my intention to make women feel uncomfortable, but I am sorry if I did. It is very painful to hear," he writes.
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