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11 more women accuse opera legend Plácido Domingo of sex assault

Eleven more women have accused opera legend Plácido Domingo of sexual assault — about a month after an explosive report emerged in which several others claimed the married 78-year-old tenor made inappropriate advances toward them.

Among the new accusers is Angela Turner Wilson, who was cast as the second lead in Jules Massenets “Le Cid” during the Washington Operas 1999-2000 season.

Wilson, who was 28 at the time, told The Associated Press that she and Domingo were having their makeup done together one evening before a performance when the tenor — starring in the production — rose from his chair, stood behind her and allegedly put his hands on her shoulders.

Then he slipped his hands under her bra straps before reaching into her robe and grabbing her bare breasts, Wilson claimed.

“It hurt,” Wilson, now 48, told the outlet. “It was not gentle. He groped me hard.”

Domingo then walked away, leaving her mortified, she claimed.

Wilson also alleged that Domingo often invited her to his apartment to watch a video of a role he wanted her to sing, and to go to dinner one-on-one — a request that she said she answered with, “No, maestro.”

“I said that a lot,” she said. “I felt like if I put maestro on it, it would still be respectful.”

Wilson also recalled a time that the tenor allegedly told her he needed a “kiss for strength” before a performance, as it was a “demanding role.”

She refused, reminding Domingo that she was married.

But he wouldnt give up, she claimed.

“I said, Ill make you a deal. You can kiss my cheek,” Wilson recalled. “So he kissed me on my cheek. And then he left.”

Opera singer Angela Turner Wilson, who has accused Plácido Domingo of groping her, displays mementos from her career.Courtesy Angela Turner Wilson via AP

Wilson was the only new accuser who allowed her name to be used; others requested anonymity for fear of repercussions.

Several LA Opera costume department employees told the AP that Domingos alleged backstage behavior was no secret — one person even claimed her colleagues made a conscious effort to avoid sending women into fittings with the tenor as recently as the 2016-2017 season.

One former staffer alleged that Domingo once backed her up against a wall, grasped her hand and whispered into her ear, with her male boss in clear view.

She told the AP that someone should have called Domingo out for his alleged actions, “but it shouldnt be the girl in the hallway on a headset trying to do her job.”

On Aug. 13, The Associated Press reported that eight singers and a dancer were sexually harassed by Domingo — two of them claiming they eventually gave in to his advances.

One of the accusers claimed Domingo left her $10 after one of the two times they had sex.

Domingo said at the time he believed all his “interactions and relationships were always welcomed and consensual,” that he would never “intentionally harm, offend, or embarrass anyone” —Read More – Source

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