Placido Domingo has left the US union representing opera singers and has pledged $US500,000 to anti-sexual harassment programs and a fund for employees.
Placido Domingo has left the US union representing opera singers and has pledged $US500,000 to anti-sexual harassment programs and a fund for employees.

Opera star faces sexual harrasment allegations

Placido Domingo has resigned from the US union that represents opera singers and will contribute $US500,000 ($A852,093) to sexual harassment eradication programs and a fund that helps opera employees in crisis.

The development came weeks after investigations by the American Guild of Musical Artists and Los Angeles Opera found sexual harassment allegations against the famed 79-year-old tenor to be credible.

The investigations were launched after multiple women accused Domingo of harassment and abusing his power while he held management positions at LA Opera and Washington National Opera.

AGMA announced its four-month investigation found Domingo had engaged in "inappropriate" activity, ranging from flirtation to sexual advances, in and outside of the workplace.

Details of the allegations were not released, but people familiar with the investigation who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity said investigators found 27 people were sexually harassed or had witnessed inappropriate behaviour by Domingo in the 1990s and 2000s.

LA Opera said its investigators received 10 accusations that Domingo engaged in "inappropriate conduct" with women between 1986 and 2019.

Domingo helped found the LA Opera in the 1980s and led the company as general director from 2003 until last October, when he stepped down after the allegations surfaced.

In announcing Domingo's resignation, AGMA also said the union had withdrawn disciplinary charges filed against singer as a result of its investigation.

Disciplinary action could have ranged from fines to expulsion.

Union officials said they had no additional comment, and Domingo's representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Originally published as Domingo quits opera union, donates $US500K


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