Jocelyn Gecker, reporter, San Francisco, obtained exclusively the results of the opera union’s investigation of sexual harassment accusations against superstar Placido Domingo, revealing that 27 people told investigators that they either had been harassed or had witnessed inappropriate behavior by Domingo. AP was also the first to report Domingo’s apology. Gecker’s story moved about nine hours before the union released an extremely brief description of its findings, offering few details. As a result of her reporting, a new accuser came forward to speak to the AP on the record, and a cascade of performance cancellations began among music companies in Domingo’s native Spain, where he previously had been staunchly defended.

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Luz del Alba Rubio, a soprano who claims to have been treated inappropriately by Placido Domingo, poses in New York, Feb. 25, 2020. When Rubio saw Domingo’s apology, she was in shock. “I felt like we have conquered Goliath. Now we don't have to be scared to speak out,” said Rubio, a new accuser of the legendary tenor, feeling emboldened by his admission and ready to add her voice to those who accuse Domingo of sexual harassment and abuse of power.

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