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  • In this Friday, July 12, 2019, photo, Placido Domingo speaks during a news conference about his upcoming show "Giovanna d'Arco" in Madrid, Spain. Eight opera singers and a dancer have told The Associated Press that they were sexually harassed by Domingo, one of the most celebrated and powerful men in opera. The women say the encounters took place over three decades, at venues that included opera companies where he held top managerial positions. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 1:30 pm

Philadelphia Orchestra rescinds invitation to Domingo

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Orchestra has rescinded an invitation to have opera legend Placido Domingo appear at its opening-night concert after an Associated Press story revealed numerous sexual harassment accusations against him.

The orchestra said Tuesday that it's "committed to providing a safe, supporting, respectful and appropriate environment."

An AP story revealed many women said Domingo tried to pressure them into sexual relationships by dangling jobs and then sometimes punishing the women professionally when they refused his advances.

Domingo called the accusations inaccurate.

This is the first organization to act against Domingo since the report came out Tuesday morning.

Domingo was slated to join several other musicians at the Philadelphia Orchestra's opening night Sept. 18.