Spanish opera singer and conductor Plácido Domingo has been accused of sexual harassment by eight singers and one dancer, according to the Associated Press. Along with being regarded as one of the best opera singers in history, Domingo is a conductor at and the director of the Los Angeles Opera. He holds multiple Grammys and still sells out concerts around the globe. He allegedly used his power in the industry against victims, promising career advancements and threatening punishments in order to pressure women into sexual relationships. These incidents allegedly took place over the course of 30 years. The accusations vary from unwanted groping to repeatedly asking women out after they said no. Six other women told the AP that Domingo frequently made them feel uncomfortable with suggestive remarks. Another 36 opera professionals, including backstage crew, musicians, administrative staff, and voice teachers, confirmed that they witnessed Domingo make inappropriate comments to young women. “There is an oral tradition of warning women against Plácido Domingo,” said a Los Angeles Opera singer who is not among the accusers. To wit: “Avoid interaction with him at all costs. And definitely don’t be alone with him.”
In a statement to the AP, Domingo wrote, “The allegations from these unnamed individuals dating back as many as 30 years are deeply troubling, and as presented, inaccurate.” He continued: “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.” Seven of the nine accusers said they believed their careers had been harmed by their rejecting Domingo’s advances.