Accused of harassment, Placido Domingo gives up performing at the Metropolitan Opera in New York

Nine women, including one with an uncovered face, said in a survey published in mid-August that they were sexually harassed by the tenor, beginning in the late 1980s.

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Placido Domingo, Szeged, Hungary, August 28th. ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP

Placido Domingo has given up performing at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, announced Tuesday, September 24, the opera and the famous Spanish tenor, accused of sexual harassment by several women.

The 78-year-old singer, first seen on the New York scene more than half a century ago, was expected from Wednesday at the Met in a new production of "Macbeth" by Giuseppe Verdi. The tenor again refuted on Tuesday the accusations of which he is the subject, and said "Worried about the climate in which people are condemned without trial" fair.

But "After reflection, I think my performance in this production of "Macbeth" would distract from the hard work of my colleagues, on stage and behind the scenes ", he added. "So I asked to withdraw and I thank the leaders of the Met for having acceded to my request." "The Met and Mr. Domingo agreed that he had to give up", commented, for its part, the New York opera.

Suspended as a precaution

In a survey published in mid-August by the Associated Press (AP), nine women, including one with an uncovered face, said they were sexually harassed by Placido Domingo, from the late 80s. They spoke of gestures displaced and insistent calls, one of whom said that he had sex with him for fear of jeopardizing his career.

The Associated Press released a second investigation on Sept. 7, claiming that 11 other women, also claiming to be victims, had come forward since the first revelations.

The Philadelphia Orchestra and the San Francisco Opera had canceled its performances, scheduled this season, from the charges made public. The Los Angeles Opera, which Placido Domingo has been managing director since 2003, hired a lawyer to investigate allegations relayed by the PA and suspended the tenor as a precautionary measure.

The findings of the investigation have not yet been made public. The Metropolitan Opera initially indicated that it would determine itself after the publication of the results of this investigation.

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