Plácido Domingo: US opera houses respond to 'concerning' allegations

  • Plácido Domingo: US opera houses respond to 'concerning' allegations

Plácido Domingo: US opera houses respond to 'concerning' allegations

This follows an Associated Press report that 9 women have accused Domingo of trying to pressure them into sexual relationships by dangling jobs and sometimes punishing them professionally if they refused.

Domingo would ask her to meet him, including in his hotel room, but she said she would only go to lunch with him, always framed as a business meal.

"Somebody trying to hold your hand during a business lunch is odd, or putting their hand on your knee is a little unusual", one of the accusers said. "He was always touching you in some way, and always kissing you".

According to the AP, the Grammy Award-winning singer and conductor has pressured women into sexual relationships since the 1980s, at venues and companies where he held managerial positions. She said that he undressed her, undressed himself, and that they had a session of "heavy petting" and "groping". She told the AP, "I was totally intimidated and felt like saying no to him would be saying no to God".

A lengthy piece published by AP earlier on Tuesday details the accusations leveled against Domingo by eight singers and a dancer as well as "a half-dozen other women". "I want him to have the opportunity to know exactly the kind of damage-emotional, psychological, professional, and otherwise-that he's responsible for". He was very excited.

It got to a point, Wulf said, that she would try to hide from Domingo behind a pillar. In addition, the AP independently verified that the women worked where they said they did and that Domingo overlapped with them at those locations.

Two of the women said they finally agreed to have sex with Domingo because they felt they could not refuse the most powerful man in their line of work. When Domingo left for a performance, the woman said, he put $10 on the dresser, saying, "I don't want you to feel like a prostitute, but I also don't want you to have to pay to park".

Another singer, who was just 23 when she met Domingo in 1988, started receiving calls from him after she says they shared a "sloppy, wet kiss" during rehearsals on stage at the LA Opera, after which he allegedly whispered to her, "I wish we weren't on stage". Dozens of other singers, dancers, orchestra musicians, members of backstage staff, voice teachers and an administrator spoke to AP, having observed such inappropriate behavior, including incessant attempts to contact certain women at their homes and insisting upon private meetings. In accordance with those policies, LA Opera will engage outside counsel to investigate the concerning allegations about Plácido Domingo.

Many who spoke out treated the allegations as an "open secret", with one woman noting unwritten rules that others had recalled: "Avoid interaction with him at all costs".