LA Opera inquiry finds sexual-harassment allegations against Domingo to be credible

Posted on: March 12, 2020

“Los Angeles Opera said Tuesday its investigation of former General Director Plácido Domingo has found sexual harassment allegations against him to be credible,” writes Jessica Gelt in Tuesday’s (3/9) Los Angeles Times. “L.A. Opera said its investigator interviewed 44 people, yielding 10 allegations of inappropriate conduct between 1986, when L.A. Opera named Domingo artistic advisor, and October 2019, when he resigned as general director…. In an interview with the investigator, the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Domingo ‘denied all allegations of unwanted contact and maintained that all his interactions were consensual.’ … Gibson Dunn found the Domingo accusers to be credible ‘in part because of the similarities in their accounts.’ … Gibson Dunn found no evidence that Mr. Domingo ever engaged in a quid pro quo or retaliated against any woman by not casting or otherwise hiring her at L.A. Opera…. The investigation also [cited] flaws in L.A. Opera’s sexual harassment policies and procedures…. In a letter to employees … L.A. Opera President and Chief Executive Christopher Koelsch wrote that the company plans to implement recommendations by Gibson Dunn, including a strengthened HR department, a more formal process for investigating and resolving complaints, and training for managers and contractors.”