In a meeting Saturday, the general manager of the Metropolitan Opera explained why he did not suspend or investigate Domingo, who was accused of sexual misconduct by 20 women. Met Opera will not cancel Domingo’s actions despite staff protests. In a closed-door meeting with the company’s choir and orchestra, CEO Peter Gelb argued that Met had no reason to investigate the famous opera singer or to cancel his performances. Employees say Yellow told staff in his comments Saturday that he did not act after 20 Associated Press women accused Domingo of sexual misconduct, particularly because the women only went to the AP and not to other credible news agencies. The aim was to discuss the reasons he did not suspend or investigate opera star singer Placido Domingo, accused of sexual misconduct by 20 women. On Saturday afternoon, Peter Gelb, General Director of the Metropolitan Opera, met with the Metropolitan Opera Choir and Orchestra. Met staff also told the NPR that Yellow stated during the meeting that a makeup artist had rejected Domingo’s performance by Wilson, that he had suddenly grabbed his suit and “touched” his bare chest “loud” and “made him scream. The four staff members say Yellow’s purpose in convening the meeting was to explain to the choir and orchestra why he did not exclude or free Dominic from his contractual performances at the Met. Yellow also tried to distinguish this decision from the actions taken by the Opera following the charges of nine men for sexual abuse against conductor James Levine, who was first suspended and then released from the Metropolitan. A group of artists representing the American Guild of Musical Artists, the Met’s choir, soloists, stagedirectors dancers and choreographers announced this month that they have hired their own lawyers to conduct a separate investigation into the allegations against Domingo. During Saturday’s meeting, Yellow stated that t had been no charges against Domingo inside the Met and that the Met would not conduct its own investigations against Domingo. Last month, after the publication of AP’s first report, LA Opera, the Domingo company, which has been in existence for more than 15 years, announced that it was opening an investigation against Domingo. Met staff also stated that during Saturday’s session, in which at least one HR representative participated, people complained to Yellow about his poor visual appearance and the inconsistency of staff policies on sexual misconduct, particularly in the Levine and Copley cases. The meeting was convened on Friday afternoon, the day NPR released reports of a number of Met employees who refused to play with Domingo. Mr. Yellow told the group that like no other media had published the prosecutors’ reports, he felt that the AP report had not been “confirmed. “In its report, the AP stated that it had confirmed the women’s allegations; in its first article, it published the August report.
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