The opera superstar Plácido Domingo, whose five-10 years American profession was sidelined very last yr by allegations of sexual misconduct, “engaged in inappropriate action, ranging from flirtation to sexual improvements, in and outside of the office,” an investigation by a performers’ union observed.
The release on Tuesday of the findings of the union, the American Guild of Musical Artists, prompted Mr. Domingo, 79, a famed tenor who held leadership positions at the Los Angeles Opera and the Washington National Opera, to concern his fullest apology nevertheless.
“I have taken time over the previous various months to replicate on the allegations that a variety of colleagues of mine have designed versus me,” Mr. Domingo mentioned in a assertion. “I respect that these girls lastly felt relaxed enough to speak out, and I want them to know that I am actually sorry for the hurt that I induced them.”
“I take whole duty for my steps, and I have grown from this experience,” he continued. “I understand now that some girls may well have feared expressing by themselves truthfully simply because of a concern that their occupations would be adversely impacted if they did so. When that was never ever my intention, no one should at any time be created to sense that way.”
The inquiry started right after The Connected Press claimed previous summer time that additional than 20 gals had accused Mr. Domingo of sexual harassment or inappropriate conduct courting back again to the late 1980s. Most were being not named.
A number of American companies, which include the Metropolitan Opera and the San Francisco Opera, canceled Mr. Domingo’s appearances adhering to the allegations. But European providers stated they would await the result of investigations into his behavior in advance of performing. It was not quickly distinct how they would reply to the union’s conclusions.
The total specifics of the investigation commissioned by the American Guild of Musical Artists, which signifies opera soloists, choristers, choral singers, actors, ballet dancers and output personnel, had been not immediately released. But its conclusions had been.
“The investigation concluded that Mr. Domingo experienced, in actuality, engaged in inappropriate activity, ranging from flirtation to sexual advancements, in and outside of the place of work,” it said in a statement. “Many of the witnesses expressed dread of retaliation in the field as their cause for not coming ahead faster.”
Raymond Menard, the union president, reported in a statement that the union would “remain fully commited to confronting systemic troubles which can lead to our customers to put up with unlawful discrimination and harassment at perform, and to defending the health and protection of our users.”
The Los Angeles Opera, which Mr. Domingo served located, and led right until he stepped down very last 12 months, is still conducting its very own investigation.