Placido Domingo APOLOGISES to women who accused him of sexual harassment and says he takes ‘full responsibility’ after investigation finds he made dozens of sexual advances to colleagues over 30 years
Domingo apologised in a statement today for the ‘pain’ he caused the women The opera singer was accused by dozens of singers, dancers and backstage staffAn investigation found a clear pattern of sexual misconduct and abuse of power
Placido Domingo has today apologised to the dozens of women who accused him of sexual harassment and said he accepted ‘full responsibility’.
The 79-year-old opera singer said he was sorry for the ‘pain that I caused’ and acknowledged that women had feared speaking out because of his high profile.
A series of singers, dancers, musicians and backstage staff have said they witnessed inappropriate behaviour by Domingo at opera houses over the last three decades.
Domingo had initially defended his ‘gallant gestures’ but finally apologised today after ‘analysing’ the claims against him.
Placido Domingo (pictured last August) has today apologised to the dozens of women who accused him of sexual harassment and said he accepted ‘full responsibility’
‘I have taken time over the last several months to reflect on the allegations that various colleagues of mine have made against me,’ Domingo said in a statement.
‘I respect that these women finally felt comfortable enough to speak out, and I want them to know that I am truly sorry for the hurt that I caused them.
‘I accept full responsibility for my actions, and I have grown from this experience.’
He continued: ‘I understand now that some women may have feared expressing themselves honestly because of a concern that their careers would be adversely affected if they did so.
‘While that was never my intention, no one should ever be made to feel that way.
‘I am committed to affecting positive change in the opera industry so that no one else has to have that same experience.
‘It is my fervent wish that the result will be a safer place to work for all in the opera industry, and I hope that my example moving forward will encourage others to follow.’
Patricia Wulf (pictured left) and Angela Turner Wilson (right) were two of the women who accused Placido Domingo of sexual harassment