Opera legend Placido Domingo hits out at ‘painful’ sexual harassment claims

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Eight singers and a dancer claim they were targeted by the Spanish tenor in incidents spanning three decades from the late 1980s.

Six other women allege he made them feel uncomfortable with his sexual propositions.

Dozens of other people in the opera business claimed they had witnessed the Grammy award winner being sexually inappropriate towards younger women.

Domingo, 78, who has been married to second wife Marta Ornelas since 1962, said the allegations by unnamed individuals dating back 30 years were “inaccurate”.

He said: “I believed all of my interactions and relationships were always welcomed and consensual.

Placido Domingo

TARGET: Domingo says the claims of harassment are “deeply troubling” (Pic: GETTY)

“People who know me or who have worked with me know that I am not someone who would intentionally harm, offend, or embarrass anyone.’’

Domingo, who with Luciano Pavarotti and Jose Carreras performed as the Three Tenors, said he found the claims “deeply troubling”.

One woman accused Domingo of putting his hand down her skirt and three others said he forced kisses on their lips in a dressing room, hotel room and at a lunch meeting.

“A business lunch is not strange,’’ one of the singers said.

The Three Tenors

SUCCESS: Domingo performed as the Three Tenors with Luciano Pavarotti and Jose Carreras (Pic: GETTY)

“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.’’

Seven of the accusers claimed their careers were affected after they rejected Domingo’s advances, with some saying promised roles never materialised.

Only one woman – mezzo-soprano Patricia Wulf – agreed to go public. Others said they wished to stay anonymous.

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