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

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.

“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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