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Spanish tenor Placido Domingo during a rehearsal at the Scala Theater in Milan, April 14, 2010. REUTERS / Courtesy of Teatro alla Scala / Handout

Nine women accuse Placido Domingo of sexual harassment. Eight female singers and a dancer testify in an investigation by the Associated Press (AP) published Tuesday (August 13th). Accusations supported by numerous testimonials from professionals of the opera, which reveal that the behavior, at least moved, of the legend of the opera with the women was an open secret.

Behind the scenes after each performance, Placido Domingo whispered in his ear: " Patricia, do you have to go home tonight? ". The mezzo-soprano Patricia Wulf is the only woman to have accepted to testify publicly.

Incessant nocturnal calls, forced kisses, irruptions in the boxes, promises of roles in the productions of the singer, also director of the operas of Los Angeles and Washington. All other testimonials collected by The Associated Press are anonymous for fear of retaliation in the community, sometimes with a sense of guilt at the idea of ​​smearing the image of a great artist.

In the entourage of Placido Domingo these actions with the singers at the beginning of the career were yet an open secret reveals the investigation. For example, an LA opera collaborator explains that it was openly recommended for singers to never be alone with the master of opera.

Placido Domingo finds these accusations of harassment unsettling and inaccurate. " It is painful to learn that I was able to upset or embarrass these women when I thought all my interactions were consensual, " he wrote in his response to The Associated Press. " The rules of today are very different from those that prevailed in the past, " says the singer.

The Los Angeles Opera, which Placido Domingo is managing director, said on Tuesday he was going to " hire a lawyer to investigate the disturbing allegations " against the famous singer.

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