After being accused of harassment and inappropriate behaviour by 20 women, Plácido Domingo has now apologized for “causing hurt” to them.
He apologized by releasing a statement, which happened after an investigation against Domingo.
WHO IS PLÁCIDO DOMINGO?
José Plácido Domingo Embil KBE, is a Spanish opera singer, conductor and arts administrator. The KBE next to his name represents the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. He performs in Italian, French, German, Spanish, English and Russian. In the opera industry, he is well known for his versatility.
He was the general manager of the Los Angeles Opera but resigned after several allegations of sexual harassment. He helped found and had been GM at the opera since 2003.
WHY DID DOMINGO APOLOGIZE?
Eight singers and a dancer claim they were sexually harassed by the Spanish tenor from the late 1980s. These accusations were first reported by the Associated Press in August.
Following this, an investigation was launched by a US union which represents opera performers.
The investigation found Domingo guilty of engaging in “inappropriate activity, ranging from flirtation to sexual advances, in and outside of the workplace”.
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It also discovered that Domingo had frequently pressured women into sexual relationships. Women who rejected him and his advances were professionally punished.
WHAT DID PLÁCIDO DOMINGO SAY?
In a statement issued to the Los Angeles Times, Domingo said he had “taken time over the last several months to reflect on the allegations that various colleagues of mine have made against me.”
He said that “I respect that these women finally felt comfortable enough to speak out.” He also said “I want them to know that I am truly sorry for the hurt that I caused them,”
Domingo added, “I accept full responsibility for my actions, and I have grown from this experience.”
The news of his resignation came a week after the cancellation of a season of shows at New York’s Met Opera. According to some, this signals the end of his opera career, at least for now.
However, London’s Royal Opera House has said that Domingo will still perform there as scheduled this summer.