Disgraced Spanish opera superstar Placido Domingo, 81, ‘planed to meet a woman from a sex cult who forces its members into prostitution’
- Spanish opera sensation would have spoken with member of ‘prostitution gang’
- Placido Domingo, 81, ‘asked women if he could leave the hotel separately’ in conversation
- The Last Remaining Member of the Three Tenors Has Been Charged with Harassment
- Argentine researchers linked him to the Buenos Aires yoga school during an investigation
Disgraced Spanish opera sensation Placido Domingo scheduled a meeting with a member of a sex cult that forced women into prostitution, researchers in Argentina say.
The star singer and last remaining member of the Three Tenors, 81, was identified by police this week during an investigation into the controversial Buenos Aires Yoga School.
Domingo reportedly spoke to member Susana Mendelievich about meeting up while he was in town performing in April.
The shadowy group “built a cult around its leader” and reduced members to “a situation of slavery and/or sexual exploitation,” according to documents from prosecutors in Argentina’s case against the school.
Domingo, pictured in Madrid last year, has recently faced a spate of sexual harassment allegations
Domingo, who has faced a spate of sexual harassment allegations since 2019, has not been charged with any wrongdoing.
The cult’s research involves people with connections to the classical music world and who have performed with Domingo in the past, including Mendelievich, an Argentine pianist.
Mendelievich is said to be in charge of the sexual exploitation activities of the organization, according to an anonymous official.
“If we leave the diner, we’ll come separately, won’t we?” the man identified as Domingo says in the recording.
Mendelievich then talks to Juan Percowicz, 84, who was the alleged leader of the group.
The opera star performs during a rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 2001
“He’s already called me and made the deal so I can stay at his hotel tonight without his agents knowing,” she said.
In an earlier conversation with Percowicz, Mendelievich suggests that she had previously met Domingo in New York.
‘Among other things… Placido said he could come visit us. I mean, visiting us means coming to visit me because he’s coming to my house in New York, and he reminded me of that yesterday,” the woman identified as Mendelievich can be heard saying in the recording.
Sex trafficking and exploitation were the main sources of income for the group, which, according to the official, had an estimated turnover of around £450,000 a month.
Domingo was one of the opera’s biggest and most successful stars and is the only living member of The Three Tenors, which includes the late Luciano Pavarotti and Jose Carreras.
Domingo’s image was tarnished in the United States after more than 20 women accused him of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior during encounters that took place from the late 1980s to the 2000s.
Dozens of others in the classical music industry say his behavior was an open secret.
Investigations by the American Guild of Musical Artists and the Los Angeles Opera, where Domingo had served as general manager, found the sexual harassment allegations against him credible.
The allegations and subsequent findings halted Domingo’s career in the US, but he continued to perform in Europe and Latin America.
His website states that he is currently touring Mexico with performances in Italy later this month.