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Plácido Domingo making first performance since sexual harassment accusations

2019-08-25

Placido Domingo is accused of sexual harassment by nine women. (Matthias Schrader/AP)

Scandal-plagued opera icon Plácido Domingo is set to make his first performance Sunday since being accused of sexual harassment by nine women.

The tenor, 78, is scheduled to take part in the Salzburg Festival less than two weeks after the allegations emerged in a report by The Associated Press.

The Philadelphia Orchestra and San Francisco Opera have canceled scheduled appearances by Domingo after the claims against him surfaced.

Austria’s Salzburg Festival, where he is slated to perform as Miller in the show “Luisa Miller,” has remained supportive of him amid the claims, while other performances at a number of European opera houses through fall 2020 remain booked.

The allegations against Domingo date back as far as the 1980s, with three women claiming the singer kissed them on the lips and another alleging he placed his hand down her skirt. Multiple accusers claim they were penalized professionally if they rejected Domingo.

The accusers include eight singers and one dancer.

“A business lunch is not strange,” one of the singers told the AP. “Somebody trying to hold your hand during a business lunch is strange — or putting their hand on your knee is a little strange. He was always touching you in some way, and always kissing you.”

Domingo ? who has long been viewed as one of the world’s top opera singers ? denied the allegations to the AP, calling them "deeply troubling and, as presented inaccurate.”

“Still, 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,” he said in a statement. “I believed that all of my interactions and relationships were always welcomed and consensual. People who know me or who have worked with me know that I am not someone who would intentionally harm, offend, or embarrass anyone.”

Shortly after the allegations against Domingo emerged, the Los Angeles Opera ? where the singer has served as general director since 2003 ? said the accusations would be investigated by an “outside counsel.”

With News Wire Services