Famed tenor and IFPI chairman Placido Domingo is now in the double digits.
11 additional women are accusing legendary operatic tenor Placido Domingo of sexual harassment. This comes only a month after 9 different women made similar claims against him.
The original 9 claims, which begin in the late 1980s and continue for 3 decades, led both the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) and LA Opera to launch an investigation into the matter. Domingo is currently the Honorary Chair of the first organization and the General Director of the second, and he has denied all these particular allegations.
Among the 11 new allegations is one from Angela Turner Wilson. She performed in Washington Opera’s production of “Le Cid” with Domingo in the 1999-2000 season. At the time, he was the company’s artistic director, and she alleges that before one performance Domingo roughly groped her.
While Domingo denies the original allegations, he does not deny that there were “interactions and relationships.” But he insists that these were “welcomed and consensual.”
He further insists that today’s standards of sexual harassment are quite different than what they were when the alleged incidents occurred.
Wilson, though, denies this is the case. She says that Domingo’s groping was not only not “welcomed,” but that it was unacceptable even back then.
So far, Domingo has not addressed the 11 new accusations. But Nancy Seltzer, who is Domingo’s spokesperson, is accusing Associated Press of pursuing a vendetta against him. She says that their actions are “not only inaccurate but unethical.” She further says that the new accusations contain many falsehoods and inconsistencies. Though she would not address these specifically, citing the ongoing investigation.
“These new claims are riddled with inconsistencies and, as with the first story, in many ways, simply incorrect,” Seltzer stated. “Due to an ongoing investigation, we will not comment on specifics, but we strongly dispute the misleading picture that The AP is attempting to paint of Mr. Domingo.”
Meanwhile, the IFPI itself has remained largely quiet on the matter. Domingo is still Honorary Chair of the global label trade group, and the IFPI has not responded to the latest round of accusations. The IFPI declined to respond to an inquiry from Digital Music News last week.
As part of LA Opera’s investigation of Domingo, they have removed him from his day-to-day responsibilities, and the Dallas Opera has canceled its March gala featuring him.