Opera star and IFPI chairman Plácido Domingo has been accused of sexual harassment by nine women, with dozens of others telling Associated Press that they witnessed such behaviour from him. Its report was published yesterday, with immediate results: the Philadelphia Orchestra has cancelled an invitation to Domingo to perform, while the LA Opera is launching an investigation.
As is the IFPI, for whom Domingo writes an introduction to its annual Global Music Report in his role as chairman. “We have only now become aware of the serious allegations that have been reported in the media against IFPI’s Honorary Chairman, Plácido Domingo. A formal [i]nquiry will be undertaken,” an IFPI spokesperson told MBW. “IFPI firmly believes that sexual harassment in any form cannot be tolerated.” Domingo has also responded to the report, telling the AP: “The allegations from these unnamed individuals dating back as many as thirty years are deeply troubling, and as presented, inaccurate. Still, it is painful to hear that I may have upset anyone or made them feel uncomfortable — no matter how long ago and despite my best intentions. I believed that all of my interactions and relationships were always welcomed and consensual.” However, the article sets out the allegations at length, with Domingo’s accusers painting a different picture.