The Spanish singer, accused of sexual harassment by some twenty women in the United States, said he was “sincerely sorry for the suffering caused” in a statement released on Tuesday.
He had so far firmly denied the facts. Placindo Domingo, 79 years old, addressed the victims on Tuesday 25 February in a press release: “I want them to know that I am sincerely sorry for the suffering I have caused them. I accept all the responsibility for my acts “.
In an investigation published in August by the Associated Press, nine women claimed to have been harassed by the singer from the late 1980s. The Associated Press published a second investigation in September, claiming that eleven other women, who also claimed to be victims, had come forward.
The lyric singer “thought about the accusations”
In his press release, relayed in Spain by the agency Europa Press, Placido Domingo ensures “to have taken the time in recent months to think about the accusations” and indicates “to understand now that some women may have fear of speaking honestly due to fear of the impact on their career. “
This request for forgiveness from Placido Domingo comes the day after the decision of a Manhattan jury to find film producer Harvey Weinstein guilty of sexual assault and rape, a verdict applauded by the #MeToo movement.
After these accusations of sexual harassment, Placido Domingo had left in October the direction of the opera of Los Angeles, which he occupied since 2003. He also gave up performing at the Metropolitan Opera of New York, while other operas Americans canceled his performances. However, it continued to occur in Europe.