Eight singers and a dancer accused the Spanish opera singer Plácido Domingo, 78, of sexually harassing them over a number of decades. Only one, accepted to be publicly named.
Domingo has denied the accusations. "People who know me or who have worked with me know that I am not someone who would intentionally harm, offend, or embarrass anyone," he declared. One woman said Domingo put his hand down her skirt on one occasion. Three others said he forcefully kissed them. “Somebody trying to hold your hand during a business lunch is strange or putting their hand on your knee is a little strange. He was always touching you in some way, and always kissing you,” another woman declared. As was said, the harassment took place at venues including opera companies where the musician held top positions.
Domingo was due to appear at the Philadelphia Orchestra's opening night concert on 18 September but will not participate. Domingo has been married to his second wife, the soprano Marta Ornelas, since 1962. „I am blessed and privileged to have had a more than 50-year career in opera and will hold myself to the highest standards,” Domingo said. In a statement on Tuesday the Royal Opera House said: “The ROH has not been made aware of any accusations pertaining to Placido Domingo’s time as a visiting artist or conductor. However, we have a zero tolerance policy towards harassment of any kind and recently refreshed our code of conduct to ensure all staff and visiting artists abide by the rules at all times.”