For decades, Placido Domingo, one of the most celebrated and powerful men in opera, has tried to pressure women into sexual relationships by dangling jobs and then sometimes punishing the women professionally when they refused his advances, numerous accusers told The Associated Press.
Regarded as one of the greatest opera singers of all time and one of the fames Three Tenors, Domingo also is a prolific conductor and the director of the Los Angeles Opera. The multiple Grammy winner is an immensely respected figure in his rarefied world, described by colleagues as a man of prodigious charm and energy who works tirelessly to promote his art form.
At 78, Domingo still attracts sellout crowds around the globe and continues adding to the 150 roles he has sung in 4,000-plus performances, more than any opera singer in history.
But his accusers and others in the industry say there is a troubling side to Domingo — one they say has long been an open secret in the opera world.
Eight singers and a dancer have told the AP they were sexually harassed by the long-married, Spanish-born superstar in encounters that took place over three decades beginning in the late 1980s, at venues that included opera companies where he held top managerial positions.
One accuser said Domingo stuck his hand down her skirt, and three others said he forced wet kisses on their lips — in a dressing room, a hotel room and at a lunch meeting.
In addition to the nine accusers, a half-dozen other women told the AP that suggestive overtures by Domingo made them uncomfortable, including one singer who said he repeatedly asked her out on dates after hiring her to sing a series of concerts with him in the 1990s.
Hemsworth wishes Miley ‘health and happiness’
LOS ANGELES — Liam Hemsworth is wishing his wife Miley Cyrus “nothing but health and happiness” days after Cyrus’ representative announced the couple’s separation.
Hemsworth posted on Instagram on Monday confirming the pair’s separation and saying he won’t be making comments to “any journalists or media outlets.”
A representative for Cyrus says the couple decided a break was best while they focus on “themselves and careers” after less than a year of marriage.
Hemsworth, who starred in “The Hunger Games” films, and Cyrus have dated on and off for more than a decade. They married in December.
The representative says the pair will remain “dedicated parents to all of their animals they share.”
‘Chrisley Knows Best’ … how to avoid paying taxes?
ATLANTA — A federal grand jury in Atlanta has indicted reality-television star Todd Chrisley on tax evasion and other charges.
U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak said the 12-count indictment was issued Tuesday against the “Chrisley Knows Best” star, and his wife, Julie. It also includes charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to defraud the United States.
The show on USA has followed the Chrisleys’ tight-knit family for seven seasons. The family moved to the Nashville area a few years ago, but the criminal charges stem from when they lived in Atlanta’s northern suburbs.
Chrisley wrote in a lengthy Instagram post Monday that he and his wife had done nothing wrong.
Compiled from Associated Press reports.