Placido Domingo at the Chorégies d'Orange, in July 2019. - Christophe SIMON / AFP
He says he is "sincerely sorry for the suffering caused". Spanish tenor Placido Domingo, accused in the United States of sexual harassment by twenty women, asked their forgiveness in a statement released on Tuesday.
"I accept full responsibility for my actions," said the 79-year-old lyric singer when, until then, he had always denied accusations against him.
In an investigation published in August by the Associated Press, nine women claimed to have been harassed by Placido Domingo from the late 1980s. A second investigation published in September said that eleven other women, claiming to be victims too, had come forward.
He says he "understands" his victims
In its press release, Placido Domingo claims "to have taken the time in recent months to think about the accusations" and affirms "to understand now that some women may have been afraid of speaking honestly because of the fear of an impact on their career" .
After these accusations of sexual harassment, Placido Domingo had left in October the direction of the opera of Los Angeles. A position he had held since 2003. He also gave up performing at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. If other American operas canceled his performances, the singer continued to perform in Europe.
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