American Guild of Musical Artists Finds Plácido Domingo Guilty of Sexual MisconductBy Francisco Salazar
The American Guild of Musical Artists has concluded its investigation against Plácido Domingo confirming sexual misconduct.
According to AGMA, the investigation concluded that Domingo had, in fact, engaged in inappropriate activity, ranging from flirtation to sexual advances, in and outside of the workplace. Many of the witnesses expressed fear of retaliation in the industry as their reason for not coming forward sooner.
According to the statement, the AGMA Board of Governors has accepted the findings of the report and will take appropriate action.
The president of AGMA noted, “AGMA is the connective tissue of our industry. We owed it to our members to conduct this investigation. We must remain committed to confronting systemic problems which can cause our members to suffer unlawful discrimination and harassment at work, and to protecting the health and safety of our members in all AGMA signatory companies.”
The executive director also noted, “AGMA’s efforts to protect its members will not end with this investigation. AGMA is calling upon all companies in Opera, Dance, and Choral concert fields to join an industry-wide initiative to positively change the culture. This will ensure that artists feel respected and empowered to address sexual harassment and related issues going forward.”
In an LA Times statement, Domingo said, “I have taken time over the last several months to reflect on the allegations that various colleagues of mine have made against me. I respect that these women finally felt comfortable enough to speak out, and I want them to know that I am truly sorry for the hurt that I caused them. I accept full responsibility for my actions, and I have grown from this experience. I understand now that some women may have feared expressing themselves honestly because of a concern that their careers would be adversely affected if they did so. While that was never my intention, no one should ever be made to feel that way.”
The investigation concludes on the same day as Harvey Weinstein was convicted guilty in his rape trial and a report revealed that the University of Michigan knew about David Daniels’ sexual misconduct.