Opera star Placido Domingo has been accused of sexual harassment by nine women, with some claiming he offered roles for sex.
Domingo tried to pressure other opera performers into sexual relationships by dangling jobs, according to The Associated Press.
Opera star forced kisses and hands down skirts
Some accusers said Domingo forced wet kisses on their lips in dressing rooms and hotel rooms.
One woman also alleged the singer stuck his hand down her skirt.
More than 30 people in the opera world said they witnessed inappropriate sexual conduct by Domingo.
Victims say harassment adversely impacted their careers
Seven of the nine accusers claim their careers have been adversely affected as a result of rejecting Domingo’s advances.
Some claimed he promised them roles which never materialised.
Several described taking extreme measures to avoid Domingo, including:
- not using toilets near his office,
- also not answering phones at home
- and asking backstage staff to stay with them while working with the star.
Domingo says allegations ‘inaccurate’
Domingo called the allegations “deeply troubling, and also, inaccurate”.
“Still, it is painful to hear that I may have upset anyone or made them feel uncomfortable – no matter how long ago and despite my best intentions.
“I believed that all of my interactions and relationships were always welcomed and also consensual.
“People who know me or who have worked with me know that I am not someone who would intentionally harm, offend, or embarrass anyone.
“However, I recognise that the rules and standards by which we are – and should be – measured against today are very different than they were in the past.
“I am blessed and privileged to have had a more than 50-year career in opera and will hold myself to the highest standards.”
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More victims coming forward after #MeToo
Miles Heffernan from Sexual Harassment Claims says there is no excuse for sexual harassment.
“I don’t care if you’re a TV star, a Hollywood movie mogul or a world-renowned opera singer, you don’t have the right to sexually harass other people,” he said.
“Thanks to the #MeToo movement, more women and men are coming forward to report sexual harassment.”
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