The opera star Plácido Domingo under fire for his inappropriate behaviour while being head of the LA Opera. Its statement said that 10 accusations of sexist behaviour were found to be credible. The investigators have found too many similarities of the details the women shared, so, the allegations of sexual harassment against tenor are truth.
The Los Angeles Opera announced the results of its independent investigation, which has revealed a dark side of the world-famous tenor Placido Domingo, the opera’s former general director. He willingly participated in an interview but denied the allegations.
An independent investigator interviewed 44 people, including those reporting misconduct, and collected about 500,000 documents, the statement said.
While some of the women said they felt discouraged to report Domingo’s behaviour because of his stature, the LA Opera said the investigation did not find evidence that Domingo ever retaliated against any woman by not casting her or hiring her, nor did he engage in quid pro quo behaviour.
“At the outset, we at LA Opera thank all of the women who came forward to share their stories. Their openness, perspective and candor will effect real change,” the statement said.
Domingo apologizes for inappropriate behaviour
Domingo resigned from his position as the director of the opera after allegations were first publicized in August. Last month, the investigator revealed that tenor made inappropriate sexual advances in a period from 1986 to 2012. Mr Domingo initially disputed the allegations but apologized shortly after the guild announced its findings.
He expressed respect that ‘these women’ finally felt comfortable enough to speak out, and he wants them to know that he am truly sorry for the hurt that he caused them.
“I accept full responsibility for my actions, and I have grown from this experience. I understand now that some women may have feared expressing themselves honestly because of a concern that their careers would be adversely affected if they did so.
Commenting on the investigation conducted by the LA Opera Placido Domingo said that was never his intention, no one should ever be made to feel that way. ‘It is my fervent wish that the result will be a safer place to work for all in the opera industry, and I hope that my example moving forward will encourage others to follow,’ he stressed.