Los Angeles – The Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo said today that he accepts “full responsibility” for his actions, after “several months” of reflection, and apologized “for the pain caused” to all the women who accused him of sexual abuse before his resignation as general director of the Los Angeles Opera.
“I have taken some time during the last months to reflect on the accusations that several partners have made against me. I respect that these women finally felt comfortable enough to speak and I want them to know that I really regret the pain I caused them. I accept full responsibility for my actions, “said the artist in a statement sent to Efe.
Domingo, who initially denied the accusations, said he “now” understands “that some women may have been afraid to express themselves honestly because of the concern that their careers would be adversely affected.”RELATED
“While that was never my intention, no one should feel that way,” said the tenor minutes after several US media published that an internal investigation conducted by the American Guild of Musical Artists ) would have found Domingo guilty of more than a dozen cases of sexual abuse.
Efe has contacted Domingo’s team to learn about the link between the alleged investigations and their statement after several months of silence, although, for the moment, they have not received a response.
In August, when the first testimonies of women who had worked with Domingo and claimed to have suffered sexual abuse came to light, the artist said he believed “always” that all his “interactions and relationships” with women were “welcome and consensual.”
However, after having resigned as director general of the Los Angeles Opera, in his new statement today, Domingo says he is “committed” to a “positive change in the opera industry so that no one else has that same experience. “.
“It is my fervent wish that the result will be a safer workplace for everyone in the opera industry, and I hope that my example in the future will encourage others to follow it,” he said.
The artists’ union investigation was, along with the one initiated at the Los Angeles Opera House, the first two that began after about twenty women accused Domingo of sexual abuse.
Although the public results of both investigations are unknown, the information derived from the organization he led led to the resignation of the musician and the latest news of the one made by the artists’ union anticipated his first public words of acknowledgment of the events, almost half a year after the first accusation poured against him.