Philadelphia Orchestra rescinds invitation to Placido Domingo amid sex assault accusations

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Orchestra has rescinded an invitation to have opera legend Placido Domingo appear at its opening night concert after an Associated Press story revealed numerous sexual harassment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

The San Francisco Opera says it is canceling an October concert featuring Placido Domingo.

The Oct. 6 show had been to mark Domingo's 50th anniversary with the San Francisco company. It had been promoted as a "special one performance-only event" with "one of the most influential singing actors in the history of opera."

The opera company said in a statement that even though no inappropriate behavior was alleged to have taken place in San Francisco, the company is "committed to its strong anti-sexual harassment policy and requires all company members to adhere to the highest standards of professional conduct."

Domingo calls the accusations over 30 years deeply troubling and inaccurate but goes on to to say, "Still, it is painful to hear that I may have upset anyone or made them feel uncomfortable. However, I recognize that the rules and standards by which we are - and should be - measured against today are very different than they were in the past."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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