Following the outlet’s original report in August – in which nine women accused Domingo of forced kisses and verbal harassment – the AP stated that the additional women spoke of “unwanted touching, persistent requests for private get-togethers, late-night phone calls and sudden attempts to kiss them on the lips.”
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One woman, Angela Turner Wilson, said the incident occurred during the Washington Opera’s 1999-2000 season, when she received her big break at 28 years old as the second female lead in Jules Massenet’s “Le Cid.” “I knew this was the start of big things for me,” said Wilson, now a college vocal professor in Dallas. While she and Domingo were getting their makeup done before the show one night, he stood behind her chair and groped her breast. “What woman would ever want him to grab their breast? And it hurt,” Wilson said. “Then I had to go on stage and act like I was in love with him.”
Nancy Seltzer, a spokesperson for Domingo, released a statement to CNN disputing the allegations. “The ongoing campaign by the AP to denigrate Plácido Domingo is not only inaccurate but unethical,” the statement read. “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.”
The Los Angeles Opera, where Domingo has served as general director since 2003, stated after the initial allegations that they would investigate the situation. Since then, the opera house has hired outside counsel. Melinda McLain, who served at the production coordinator at the LA Opera House in 1986, claimed she tried to put Domingo in his own dressing room separate from females, even when he requested otherwise. McLain also told the AP she tried to invite Marta – Domingo’s wife of 62 years – to company parties. “If Marta was around, he behaves,” she said.
Domingo is set to perform in productions of Macbeth and Madama Butterfly at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City this month, but the opera house said it is waiting on the results of the investigation in Los Angeles to take any action.
A representative for Domingo did not immediately return Rolling Stone‘s request for comment.
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