Placido Domingo won’t perform at Tokyo Olympics cultural events

epa07922794 Spanish tenor Placido Domingo greets cduring a press conference at TASS agency in Moscow, 15 October 2019. Placido Domingo will give a single concert at Crocus City Hall together with an orchestra Novaya Rossiya (New Russia) conducted by Yuri Bashmet and with Russian opera singers mezzo-soprano Maria Katayeva and soloist of Mariinsky theater soprano Oksana Shilova. EPA-EFE/SERGEI CHIRIKOV

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The Tokyo Olympics organizing committee said Friday opera legend Placido Domingo has said he won’t perform at pre-Olympics cultural events in Japan.

The committee said in a statement that Domingo has decided not to perform at an event scheduled for April that was meant to bring together opera and traditional Japanese Kabuki theatre and officials accepted his decision.

Neither Domingo nor the organizers mentioned sexual harassment allegations against him in relation to his withdrawal.

The AP reported in August on extensive sexual harassment allegations against Domingo from decades ago. Multiple women accused Domingo of using his power to pressure them into sexual relationships, including at the Los Angeles Opera, where he was the longtime general director.

U.S. opera houses have canceled Domingo’s appearance following the allegations.

Doming has called the allegations “deeply troubling” and “inaccurate,” saying he believed all his relationships were welcomed and consensual.

Via AP

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