Placido Domingo, one of the most famous opera singers in the world, has been accused of sexual misconduct by nine women.
The Associated Press reported the allegations of the women on Tuesday – eight of them singers and one a dancer.
The AP said it also had spoken to almost three dozen other musicians, voice teachers and backstage staff who said they had witnessed what the report described as "sexually tinged" behavior by Domingo dating back three decades in various cities.
Domingo, who currently serves as general director of the Los Angeles Opera, issued a statement calling the accusations, "deeply troubling, and as presented, inaccurate.” He added, “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." The Los Angeles Opera on Tuesday said it would investigate the allegations and The Philadelphia Orchestra Association has withdrawn an invitation to Domingo to appear as part of its opening night in September.
The Metropolitan Opera in New York, where Domingo is due to perform next month, said in a statement that it took accusations of sexual harassment and abuse of power seriously but would await the results of the LA Opera investigation "before making any final decisions about Mr. Domingo's future at the Met." Domingo, now 78, is perhaps most famously known as one of the "Three Tenors," along with Jose Carreras and the late Luciano Pavarotti, who brought opera to a wider audience with concerts around the world in the 1990s.
Hundreds of women have publicly accused powerful men in business, politics, the news media, sports and entertainment of sexual harassment and abuse since October 2017, fueled by the #MeToo movement.