World famous opera singer, conductor and director of the Los Angeles Opera Placido Domingo has been accused of sexual harassment by 8 singers and a dancer. The ‘victims’ say that the abuse started in the late 1980s and lasted over 30 years. According to reports, these 9 women and a number of others felt that Domingo was making suggestive comments with a sexual flavour, and generally indulged in inappropriate behaviour. This often affected their careers adversely and some of them discovered that they had been blacklisted by him. Most of them had kept silent for years, until the blooming of the #MeToo movement gave them the courage and the freedom to speak out.
Domingo denies any such incidents and has said that while he understands that behavioural norms today are "very different than they were in the past", he is disturbed by all that is happening. The tenor has issued a statement that reads: "People who know me or who have worked with me know that I am not someone who would intentionally harm, offend, or embarrass anyone. The allegations from these unnamed individuals dating back as many as thirty years are deeply troubling, and as presented, 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 consensual."
The LA Opera plans to investigate the matter.