Report: Placido Domingo accused of sexual misconduct by 11 other women Since August 20 women have accused the influential opera star in Associated Press reports. Singer Angela Turner Wilson told the AP in Thursday’s report that Domingo was groping for his chest while behind the scenes at the Washington Opera in Washington, D.C., during the 1999-2000 season. The Associated Press reported Thursday that 11 other women accused opera mega star Placido Domingo of sexually harassing her in the opera houses that are her work. The 10 other women included in Thursday’s AP report appeared anonymously, citing fears of reprisals for their careers; according to the AP, several also said they wanted to “protect an art form that struggles to remain relevant in the United States. Because opera careers are structured internationally, some women also cited the lack of response from foreign opera companies as another deterrent. These women told the AP that Domingo’s reputation for inappropriate behavior in the industry was so well known that they were eager to keep Domingo away from young artists and other workers behind the scenes, and that they tried to make sure Domingo’s wife, Marta, was as close to them as possible. Following this report, LA Opera, the Domingo company, which has been in existence for more than 15 years, announced that it had hired an independent company to investigate these allegations. Wilson says the trial and error incident occurred when he was 28 years old and played with Domingo at the Washington Opera during a performance of Jules Massenet’s opera Le Cid. Several renowned opera singers, including soprano Anna Netrebko – who will perform at Verdi’s Macbeth with Domingo at the Metropolitan Opera later this month – have come together in her defense, as have many fans. Two other major American classical music institutions – the San Francisco Opera and the Philadelphia Orchestra – quickly withdrew Domingo’s invitation to play with them this fall. Opera star Placido Domingo, 78, rehearses in July on the Orange stage in France. Last month, the AP published a report in which nine women accused Domingo. The other 10 women, who appeared anonymously, claiming that Domingo played them unintentionally, constantly asked for private meetings in person or on the phone at night, or that he was trying to kiss them. A total of 20 women have accused Domingo of misconduct in the accusations against PA. The Washington National Opera and the Kennedy Center have a zero-tolerance policy on harassment and discrimination, and we take such accusations very seriously. Among these women is Melinda McLain, who worked as production coordinator with the famous singer of the Los Angeles Opera and the Houston Grand Opera in Texas.
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