Eleven more women have come forward to make sexual harassment complaints against opera star Placido Domingo.
The new allegations follow a sensational story published by the Associated Press last month, which detailed how the Spanish singer had allegedly sexually harassed numerous women, and hobbled the careers of those who rejected his advances.
The latest allegations
Singer Angela Wilson is one of latest women to come forward to share their stories.
She had been cast in the Washington Opera’s 1999-2000 season of Jules Massenet’s “Le Cid“.
One night before a performance, while she was having her make up done at the same time as Domingo, Wilson says he got up out of his chair stood behind her and put his hands on her shoulders.
As she looked at him in the mirror, Domingo allegedly slipped his hands under her bra straps, she then reached down into her robe and grabbed her bare breast.
“It hurt,” she said.
“It was not gentle. He groped me hard.”
She said Domingo then turned and walked away, leaving her stunned and humiliated.
Multiple women have now made complaints
Wilson, who is now a college voice teacher in the Dallas area, was one of 11 women to come forward after the previous AP story which featured numerous accounts of sexual harassment at the hands of the the opera star.
They included unwanted touching, persistent requests for dates, late-night phone calls and attempts to kiss them on the lips.
Several young women said they would ask backstage workers to accompany them, so they would not be left alone with Domingo.
Several people who have worked in the costume department of the LA Opera said Domingo’s inappropriate behaviour was common knowledge and that management had been aware of it for years.
One employee said her colleagues tried to steer clear of sending women into fittings with Domingo as recently as the 2016-2017 season.
The AP said when taken together, the allegations:
“Reinforce a picture of an industry in which Domingo’s behaviour was an open secret and young women were left to fend for themselves in the workplace.”
Domingo denies allegations
Nancy Selzer, Domingo’s spokesperson, issued a statement to the AP disputing the allegations:
“The ongoing campaign by the AP to denigrate Placido Domingo is not only inaccurate but unethical. These new claims are riddled with inconsistencies and, as with the first story, in many ways, simply incorrect.
“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.”
There’s no business like show business when it comes to sexual harassment
Miles Heffernan, Litigation Director at Fair Work Claims, said young people who want a career on the screen or the stage are particularly vulnerable to exploitation.
“There’s no business like show business when it comes to sexual harassment, because so many young hopefuls are desperate to get their big break that they’d be prepared to do almost anything to make it happen – and predators take advantage of that,” he said.
“I don’t care if someone is a Hollywood producer or a world-famous opera singer or runs the local hamburger shop, everybody should always keep their hands – and their lips – to themselves.”
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