HE was a usually member of a world- famous Three Tenors who seemed pure by liaison – though now Placido Domingo finds himself confronting a fibre of passionate harassment and abuse claims.
Unlike his associate show superstars Jose Carreras and a late Luciano Pavarotti, who had affairs that finished their marriages, a Spanish-born thespian seemed a indication family male clinging to Marta, his mom of 57 years.
Now that delicately cultivated picture could be wrecked by disturbing accounts of his poise around womanlike performers dating behind 30 years.
In an relate of a allegations levelled opposite Hollywood writer Harvey Weinstein, it is claimed Domingo used his energy to vigour women into passionate family — and his control was an open secret.
One woman, a dancer who worked with Domingo, said: “He used his power. He stalked women — he put them in positions of vulnerability.
“People have forsaken out of a business and been erased given of submitting or not submitting to him.”
The dancer, along with 8 womanlike singers, told a Associated Press news group they were intimately harassed by Domingo.
Six other women have given claimed they were a aim of his “sexual overtures”, while dozens of others who worked alongside
Domingo contend they witnessed his inappropriate behaviour.
People have forsaken out of a business and been erased given of submitting or not submitting to him.
One of a purported victims pronounced a performer, who who has sung for a Queen and US presidents, had a “superstition that he had to be with a lady before a show” to relax him.
Another claimed he kissed her and overwhelmed her breast when he barged into her sauce room in LA.
The singer, who was 27 during a time of a occurrence in 1998, said: “I was totally intimidated. Saying no to him would be observant no to God.”
‘FELT LIKE PREY’
Feeling incompetent to shun his attentions, she kissed him though felt like “prey” when Domingo continued to pursue her afterwards. The knowledge caused her weight to dump dramatically.
Patricia Wulf, 61, is a usually one of strange 9 women who came brazen to determine to be identified.
The late show singer, who met Domingo during a Washington Opera in 1998, claimed he would apply her each night when she came off stage.
She said: “He would come right adult to me, put his face right in my face, reduce his voice and say, ‘Patricia, do we have to go home tonight?’”
“As shortly as we get away, we think, ‘Did we usually hurt my career?’”
Three women contend Domingo forced soppy kisses on their lips.
One, who was 23 and singing in a LA Opera when she initial met Domingo in 1988, pronounced Domingo kissed her while they were rehearsing an bacchanal scene.
Afterwards, she claimed he wiped his spit off her face and whispered: “I wish we weren’t on stage.”
Two accusers were so disturbed about their careers they concluded to have sex with a tenor.
One pronounced Domingo “slid his palm down my skirt” after rehearsing an aria in LA in a midst 2000s.
An prosecution who claimed he began posterior her in 1988 during a LA Opera pronounced she “finally gave in” in 1991 and slept with him twice.
On one of those occasions, Domingo — value £150million — left a $10 bill, and told her: “I don’t wish we to feel like a prostitute though we also don’t wish we to have to compensate to park.”
Seven of a 9 women contend their careers suffered from rejecting Domingo’s advances as betrothed roles dead or they were never hired to work with him again.
TOLD NOT TO BE ALONE WITH HIM
Women were reportedly told never to be alone with him and to equivocate ethanol if they had cooking with him.
Yesterday, Domingo was forsaken from behaving during concerts in San Francisco and Philadelphia.
The Los Angeles Opera, where he has served as ubiquitous executive given 2003, has launched an investigation.
And following a 9 women’s bombshell allegations, others have come brazen with their possess tales.
Mezzo-soprano Cynthia Weinman, who worked on a Washington National Opera, pronounced Domingo had an event with a student. She has called for a opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program to be renamed.
Australian exemplary violinist Arna Alayne branded a thespian a “creep” and “incredibly unprofessional” to her and another womanlike musician in 2012.
The claims bluster to shroud a festive veteran career travelling some-more than 60 years and 4,000 performances worldwide.
Domingo was innate in Madrid though changed to Mexico City with his family when he was 8 years old.
At 16, he personally married Ana María Guerra Cué, a associate tyro during a National Conservatory of Music. They had a son, Jose, though a matrimony usually lasted dual years.
In 1959, he assimilated a Mexico National Opera. He married gifted soprano Marta in 1962.
She gave adult her career to persevere herself to their dual sons and to enlightening Domingo’s performances.
‘WOMEN FOLLOW ME TO MY HOTEL’
He said: “She finds what is not working, what is working. She concentrates on what we should do.”
In a 1980s, Domingo’s stardom rocketed.
He available a singular with nation thespian John Denver, assimilated Julie Andrews for Emmy Award- winning TV special The Sound Of
Christmas and starred in an show film of La Traviata, destined by Franco Zeffirelli.
As partial of a Three Tenors — who done their entrance during a 1990 World Cup in Italy — he sang on a best-selling exemplary manuscript of all time.
The contingent achieved during another 3 World Cups, including 1994 in LA.
Domingo has also sung during dual Olympics shutting ceremonies, won a Brit endowment and achieved during a advantage unison following a Mexican trembler that took a lives of 4 members of his family.
As Domingo’s celebrity spread, fans and groupies would be tighten by.
When asked about his womanlike admirers on one TV interview, he said: “In some cases they follow we to your hotel. It’s embarrassing.
“I say, ‘I’m really sorry, though I’m in company’, even if I’m not.” But he had a repute for flirtation.
One interviewer wrote in 2003: “Judging by a approach Placido Domingo has reacted to womanlike interviewers in a past, we am awaiting to pass a happy afternoon as a intent of endless flirtation. Perhaps, even, my arm will be stroked.”
‘THE STANDARDS ARE DIFFERENT NOW’
Domingo’s firstborn son, Jose, married and divorced as a teen — usually like his dad.
One of Jose’s children, Ivonne, was lifted by her mom and stepfather and usually detected her family birthright when she was 15.
She went on to seem bare in Playboy and met Domingo several times. He upheld her financially as a immature woman, promulgation her £750 a month for during slightest 5 years.
But in an talk in 2003, he pronounced they were no longer in touch. It was reported in 2017 that another of Jose’s children, Katie Jordan, is a singular silent vital in West London.
She has also perceived financial support from Domingo, though has usually met him a integrate of times.
Marcia Lewis — a mom of Monica Lewinsky — hinted in her 1996 book The Private Lives Of The Three Tenors that she had an event with Domingo. A Spanish journal rubbished her claims.
Domingo has denied a latest allegations opposite him.
He said: “I believed that all of my interactions and relations were always welcomed and consensual.
“However, we recognize that a manners and standards by that we are — and should be — totalled opposite currently are really opposite than they were in a past.”
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