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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Rock View Post
    I could not help but chuckle at the headline I saw on Dutch TV (translated here in English).

    Placido Domingo accused of sexual misconduct - who is he exactly?
    Or more precisely, "who is he really "?

    What will come out when the investigations around de billionaire starts.How many "respectable "people will fall down.People were
    angry with the concealment of sexual abuse in the church, you see that the same thing actually happens in the so-called secular world.
    It seems that power,and surely Domingo had power gives you the idea that you can do almost everything.

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    As soon as I saw the headline I said to myself, yeah that makes sense.

    Powerful men always feel like they can do whatever they want, and he’s been powerful for some time now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stomanek View Post
    I had heard he was quite ladies man and obviously has taken advantage of his position if these allegations are true.

    His response tell me they may be as he is using the well worn excuse that 50 years ago standards were different.

    Im surprised that he would need to co-erce and intimidate any women in his prime since he is obviously quite a heart throb and I would have thought he would have had no trouble getting what he wants.
    "Ladies man", huh. "Coercer" is what the euphemism really means in many cases, isn't it.

    These kinds of guys don't "co-erce and intimidate" because they have no other options for romance, they do it for the thrill of having that kind of power over people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nina foresti View Post
    And here I thought that Domingo only held second place to Pinza's gold statuette. Live and learn.
    According to what I've heard, Ezio Pinza was another famous womanizer. (I guess that's what you're referring to with your post?)

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    Without excusing anything Domingo did, I can see pretty easily how the more power one has (in any given field), the greater is the temptation to abuse that power.

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    This is a big story here with a major TV news segment tonight. Domingo is General Director of the LA Opera, which has announced (unsurprisingly) that it has launched a board-level investigation into the charges.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bellinilover View Post
    Without excusing anything Domingo did, I can see pretty easily how the more power one has (in any given field), the greater is the temptation to abuse that power.
    And the greater is the temptation to do good works.

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    Philadelphia and San Francisco have canceled his upcoming guest shots.
    The Met is going to watch what LA Opera's outside investigators come up with before rushing to dethrone him.
    And what of his baby, Operalia?

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    I'd be very depressed about this is if there were not so many things to be even more depressed about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodduck View Post
    I'd be very depressed about this is if there were not so many things to be even more depressed about.
    Don't get hung up on it. The place for that is suicide watch, apparently..
    Last edited by Minor Sixthist; Aug-14-2019 at 05:02.

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    With the bombshells going off around him, let’s not forget him at his best and at the height of his fame. His contributions have been monumental:

    https://www.theguardian.com/music/20...e-peter-conrad.

    He’s still married and I wonder what his wife will have to say about his indiscretions and disclosures. When someone is this famous it’s sometimes hard for them to imagine that someone else would not welcome their sexual advances and attention. But the world has changed and it’s important to keep up with them or one could suffer from a catastrophic fall from grace. The eternal feminine draws us on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larkenfield View Post
    He’s still married and I wonder what his wife will say about these recent indiscretions and disclosures. When someone is this famous it’s sometimes hard for them to imagine that someone else would not welcome their sexual advances and attention. But the world has changed and it’s important to keep up with them or suffer a catastrophic fall from grace.
    Domingo is an intelligent man. How much "imagination" does he need to consider the possibility that young women might not be aching to jump into bed with him, especially after they repeatedly resist his "attention"? Does acting as if you have a right to use women at will, and then to penalize them for refusing to be used, indicate a failure to "keep up with a changing world," or does it indicate that you're a self-important jerk?

    An "indiscretion" is something done too openly that should be kept more private. I don't think that that's what Mrs. Domingo will call her husband's using his privileged status to force himself on aspiring and hopeful mezzo-sopranos. It's possible that she is aware and forgiving, or at least tolerant, of his character flaws. She's entitled to love and accept him in spite of them. But let's not use euphemisms to whitewash what is simple sexual harassment, intimidation and molestation. If it's really taken eight decades of living in the world for Domingo to figure out that that's what he's guilty of - if he has figured it out - then a good hard fall from grace may be just the thing he needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larkenfield View Post
    With the bombshells going off around him, let’s not forget him at his best and at the height of his fame. His contributions have been monumental.
    I'd be inclined to say, "Yes, let's", if it were not for my instinct to say first, "Let's wait for a judgement".
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    They protected him because he brought in the money. Now they deserve to lose a lot of money!, and so does he.

    This should be a lesson for the enablers, in any field. If you think someone is above the law, how long can it last? I've seen it play out in university project funding, many many secrets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Minor Sixthist View Post
    You're surprised the women were resistant to his unwanted slobbery kisses and groping, trying to catch them naked in their dressing rooms, and all around flagrant impropriety? You hopefully realize most professional women don't view that as irresistible heart throb behavior...
    Not that - Im sure he had plenty of willing takers but he evidently thought he was so wonderful that he could get away with anything.

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