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Placido Domingo quits LA Opera amid sex harassment claims

Opera legend Placido Domingo has quit as general director of the LA Opera, as the fallout from the sexual harassment controversy continues to dog the Grammy-winning tenor, according to reports.

Domingo, who has been with the Los Angeles company since 2003, said in a statement to the New York Times that the mounting allegations against him “have created an atmosphere in which my ability to service this company that I so love has been compromised.”

The announcement comes less than two weeks after the 78-year-old opera star walked away from New Yorks Metropolitan Opera on the eve of his scheduled performance in “Macbeth.”

The tenor had a long-standing affiliation with the Met, first performing there when he was 27.

Domingo has been embroiled in controversy since August, when several women came forward and accused him of ongoing sexual harassment that one accuser said was a “well-known secret” for years.

More women have since come forward, and there are currently more than a dozen accusers, including Angela Turner Wilson, who alleged that Domingo grabbed her breasts.

Last month, the American Guild of Musical Artists, the union that represents opera performers, announced it was investigating the allegations against the tenor.

The LA Opera was also conducting an investigation, after opera houses in PhiladelphRead More – Source

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