Considered one of the best opera singers of all time, Plácido Domingo, also the director of the Los Angeles Opera, has been accused by nine women of sexual harassment, according to the testimonies of several of them published this morning by the Associated agency Press
The winner of several Grammy and tremendously respected figure faces the accusations of nine women, an open secret, as several members of the world of opera have declared. Eight singers and a dancer have told AP that they were sexually harassed by the artist in meetings that took place over three decades from the late 1980s, in places that included opera companies where he held high positions.
One of the women said that Domingo ran her hand over her skirt and three others said that she forced them to kiss him on the lips: in a dressing room, in a hotel room and at a meeting for lunch.
"It's not strange at a business lunch," said one of the singers. "Someone who tries to hold his hand during a business lunch is strange, or putting his hand on his knee is a bit strange. He was always touching you in some way and always kissing you," he says.
In addition to these nine women, of whom the agency only gives the name of mezzo-soprano Patricia Wulf, another half a dozen women assured AP that Sunday's obvious suggestions bothered them, including a singer who said she invited her out several times after hiring her to sing a series of concerts with him in 1990.
Almost three dozen singers, dancers, orchestra musicians, behind-the-scenes staff members, singing teachers and an administrator have also spoken that claimed to have witnessed an inappropriate sexual behavior of Domingo, which was persecuting younger women.
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