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Placido Domingo insists ‘I have never abused anyone’

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Famed Spanish opera singer Placido Domingo, accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct, denied the allegations Thursday in an interview in which he talked about getting over coronavirus.

“I’ve changed. I am no longer afraid. When I found out I had COVID, I promised myself that if I made it out alive I would fight to clear my name,” he said in an interview with the Italian newspaper Repubblica.

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“I never abused anyone, I’ll repeat that as long as I live,” he said.

Domingo, 79, had said in March he had been hospitalized for coronavirus in Acapulco, Mexico.

“It was a miracle to find my voice again… Two or three months ago I wasn’t sure I would be able to sing again,” he said.

He said the time at home with his family had been “an extraordinary moment, useful for reflecting on our lives, our choices” but it was time to “get back to normal”.

“Our lives have changed. And as you know, it’s even more difficult for me because of the accusations that have been made against me,” he said.

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The Spanish icon, who won worldwide acclaim in the 1990s as one of the Three Tenors alongside Jose Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti, has been engulfed in a sexual harassment and assault scandal since August 2019 when allegations against him first surfaced.

He is accused of forcibly kissing, grabbing and fondling women over a period of more than 30 years.

In February Domingo apologized for “the hurt” caused to his accusers, saying he accepted “full responsibility” for his actions.

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But just two days later he issued another statement saying that apology had given a “false impression” and he had “never behaved aggressively with anyone” or done anything to obstruct their careers.

The allegations “have hurt me more than the virus,” he told the Repubblica.

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“All that remains for me to do is to take note of the fact that for the moment I will not be able to sing in certain parts of the world, such as the United States and Spain, my country.”

But that will not be because the public is against him, for people “are constantly sending me messages of solidarity”, he said.


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Fox News analyst slams Trump for visit to Ginsburg’s casket: ‘Maybe it’s to get the boos’

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As Trump appeared next to Ginsburg's casket, the crowd could be heard jeering the president.

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President spins baseless conspiracy theory about Trump ballots found in a trash can

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The president appeared on Fox Radio with host Brian Kilmeade, who tried to help him clean up his refusal to accept the peaceful transfer of power if he lost November's election.

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