The opera singer Plácido Domingo has been accused of sexually harassing a number of girls over numerous many years.
Eight singers and a dancer declare they have been sexually harassed by the Spanish tenor from the late 1980s, according to the Associated Press information company.
Solely one of many girls, mezzo-soprano Patricia Wulf, agreed to be named.
Domingo has denied the accusations, and the Los Angeles Opera – which he directs – has pledged to research with the assistance of “exterior counsel”.
“Nonetheless, it’s painful to listen to that I’ll have upset anybody or made them really feel uncomfortable regardless of how way back and regardless of my greatest intentions,” continued Mr Domingo.
“Individuals who know me or who’ve labored with me know that I’m not somebody who would deliberately hurt, offend, or embarrass anybody.”
Six different girls additionally declare the tenor made them really feel uncomfortable by making “sexual overtures” in direction of them, AP reported.
Ms Wulf stated he did not bodily contact her however would come up near her each time she walked off stage and ask if she “needed to go dwelling tonight”.
One other lady stated Domingo put his hand down her skirt on one event. Three others stated he forcefully kissed them.
The incidents are stated to have taken place in numerous venues together with a dressing room, a resort room, throughout a gathering and at opera firms the place Domingo held managerial positions.
“A enterprise lunch isn’t unusual,” one of many singers instructed AP.
“Anyone attempting to carry your hand throughout a enterprise lunch is unusual or placing their hand in your knee is a little bit unusual. He was at all times touching you not directly, and at all times kissing you.”
Domingo was resulting from seem on the Philadelphia Orchestra’s opening evening live performance on 18 September however the organisation stated, within the mild of the allegations, it had withdrawn its invitation.
Domingo is presently the final director of the Los Angeles Opera. He has additionally been inventive director and later basic director on the Washington Nationwide Opera.
Domingo added in his assertion: “I recognise that the foundations and requirements by which we’re and ought to be measured towards as we speak are very totally different than they have been previously.
“I’m blessed and privileged to have had a greater than 50-year profession in opera and can maintain myself to the very best requirements.”
Domingo, 78, stays certainly one of opera’s largest stars, commanding sell-out audiences all over the world.
He has been married to his second spouse, the soprano Marta Ornelas, since 1962.
He performs recurrently in London, most just lately in January within the Royal Opera Home’s manufacturing of La Traviata.
He is because of return to Covent Backyard in June 2020 in a revival of Verdi’s Don Carlo.