This Tuesday, Spanish tenor Placido Domingo has apologized to the women who accused him of sexual harassment a few months ago. He says in a statement to the Europa Press Agency that he accepts “all responsibility”, and regrets “the pain” that he may have caused them.
“I understand now that some of these women might have been afraid to speak up because they were afraid that it would harm their careers.” he continues.
Since the accusations, Placido Domingo decided to take some time off to analyse the accusations and says that it has made him “grow as a person”. He says that he is committed to creating a positive change in the opera industry, so that “no one has to go through the same. My desire is that this will result in a safer work environment, and I hope that my example push others to follow in my footsteps.”
Placido Domingo was accused of sexual harassment by 27 women a few months ago – accusations that he initially denied.
Last November he defended himself by saying: “Everyone knows that I have never behaved in such a harassing, aggressive and vulgar way of which they have accused me.” And added that after half a century of being in the public spotlight, people should know him well.
The accusations caused performances to be cancelled, and also forced him to resign as the general director of the Opera of Los Angeles.