World famous opera star is accused of sexual harassment
Plácido Domingo is one of the world's most celebrated opera stars. But behind the scenes he has taken advantage of his position and systematically sexually harassed women, according to several testimonies. He himself denies the charges.
According to a review by AP News Agency, Plácido Domingo, director of the Los Angeles Opera and Washington Opera in the United States, has exposed female colleagues to unwelcome and repeated sexual encounters.
In the investigation, nine women - one of whom appears by name - claim that they have been sexually harassed by Domingo. The data is backed up by some 30 other witnesses from the opera world, according to AP. The first events witnessed by women must have occurred in the late 1980s. According to information to the news agency, harassment after that has continued for 30 years, in connection with various sets at different opera houses, where Domingo has rarely been in a position of power.Attracted with a job
The now 78-year-old Spanish tenor, the conductor and the opera director, should also have been attracted to the task of pushing female singers to six. When rejected, he must have sabotaged some women's careers.
- Every time I walked off stage he waited for me. He came as close as he could, face to face, lowered his voice and said "do you have to go home tonight?", Mezzo soprano Patricia Wulf, one of the women who comes by name, tells AP. She describes in the interview that she did not dare to tell anyone about what happened for fear of ruining her own career.Domingo: Wrong
In a statement, Plácido Domingo denies the allegations.
"The allegations from these anonymous individuals, which go as far back as 30 years, are deeply disturbing, and as they have been presented, are false," he tells AP.
At the same time, Domingo claims that today's standards are different to how they used to be, and he says he regrets if he upset someone or made anyone feel uncomfortable.
"I thought my actions and relationships were always welcome and mutual," he continues.
Plácido Domingo debuted on the opera stage in 1957 and has since performed over 150 roles around the world. In 2009 he was awarded the first Birgit Nilsson Prize. A total of one million US dollars.