Placido Domingo apologizes to women who accused him of sexual harassment and says he takes “full responsibility” after dozens of accusations over 30 years have been revealed
- Domingo apologized today in an explanation for the “pain” he caused the women
- The opera singer was accused by dozens of singers, dancers and backstage employees
- An investigation revealed a clear pattern of sexual misconduct and abuse of power
Placido Domingo today apologized for the dozens of women who accused him of sexual harassment and said he accepted “full responsibility.”
The 79-year-old opera singer said he regretted the “pain I caused” and acknowledged that women were afraid to speak out because of his controversial profile.
A series of singers, dancers, musicians and backstage staff have said that over the past three decades they have witnessed inappropriate behavior by Domingo in opera houses.
Domingo had initially defended his “brave gestures,” but today finally apologized after “analyzing” the claims against him.
Placido Domingo (photo last August) today apologized to the dozens of women who accused him of sexual harassment and said he accepted “full responsibility”
“I have taken the time in recent months to think about the allegations that several of my colleagues have made against me,” Domingo said in a statement.
“I respect that these women finally felt at ease in speaking out and I want them to know that I am truly sorry for the pain I have caused them.
“I accept full responsibility for my actions, and I have grown from this experience.”
He went on to say, “I now understand that some women might have feared expressing themselves fairly because of concerns that their careers would be adversely affected if they did.
“Although that was never my intention, nobody should ever feel that way.
‘I am determined to influence positive changes in the opera industry so that no one else needs to have the same experience.
“It is my fervent wish that the result is a safer place for everyone in the opera industry to work, and I hope that my example ahead will encourage others to follow.”
Patricia Wulf (photo left) and Angela Turner Wilson (right) were two of the women who accused Placido Domingo of sexual harassment
Claims against the Spanish singer first came forward in August last year, when eight singers and a dancer said they were sexually harassed by him.
He stopped in November with a performance at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, amid increasing claims of misconduct.
A prosecutor, mezzo-soprano singer Patricia Wulf, said that Domingo had presented her night after night after their performances.
Baritone Robert Gardner supported her story and said he saw Domingo position itself and maneuver through rehearsal rooms and down the hall to get close to her.
Another woman, Angela Turner Wilson, said that Domingo had tried to kiss her in her dressing room after entering without knocking.
Domingo also invited her to his apartment and out to dinner and would sit with her during rehearsal breaks and tell her, “I adore you, Angela,” she said.
Both women said they had not reported the behavior of the star to management for fear that they would not be believed and that they would be punished.
The 79-year-old opera singer (photo) said he was sorry for the “pain I caused” and acknowledged that women were afraid to speak out because of his controversial profile
An investigation by the American Union of Operational Staff showed that the accuser’s accounts showed a clear pattern of sexual misconduct.
The probe of the American Guild of Musical Artists heard from 27 people who said they had experienced inappropriate behavior or witnessed it and 12 others who said it was well known.
The accusations include unsolicited physical touching, ranging from kissing on the mouth to groping.
They also include phone calls late at night asking Domingo women to come to his home.
Two of the women told the researchers that they had sexual relationships with Domingo and said they felt compelled to submit because of his position of authority and potential to harm their career.
Domingo, a tenor who turned to the baritone repertoire as he grew older, had originally challenged the charges against him.
Like the ‘Three Tenors’, Domingo, Jose Carreras and the late Luciano Pavarotti have helped bring opera to a wider audience with concerts around the world in the 1990s.