Placido Domingo returns to the eye of the hurricane

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The tenor could testify before the Argentine justice, who refers to him as a ‘client’ of a prostitution network / A member of the ‘horror cult’ speaks with the singer about a possible sexual encounter in court recordings

When Plácido Domingo appeared to restore his battered image, having overcome the veto in many theaters after being accused of harassing co-stars and abuse of power, the Spanish tenor is once again the eye of the hurricane, designated as an alleged ‘customer of a prostitution network. The leak of some audio files obtained during a judicial investigation opened into Argentina’s so-called “horror cult” has allegedly linked him to a plot of sexual exploitation and extortion. A recording shows how the tenor supposedly makes an appointment with a woman linked to the sect in a hotel room in Buenos Aires.

Placido Domingo and his entourage remain silent. He is not charged with any crime, as the consumption of prostitution is not punishable in Argentina. But it is possible that he will have to testify in a trial that examines the consequences of the plot in Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Chicago, Las Vegas and New York. Not in vain, sources close to the case assure the Argentine media that “it is the voice of Plácido Domingo” and emphasize the “huge amount of paper and digital documentation” that remains to be investigated.

Federal police in Buenos Aires searched 50 homes and arrested 20 people last weekend to dismantle the so-called “horror sect” that had been operating the Buenos Aires Yoga School (EYBA) near Villa Crespo for nearly 30 years. According to the investigation, their leaders confiscated the belongings of their followers and forced some women into prostitution. Among their “customers” would be politicians, businessmen and entertainment figures who would extort them. One of them would be the 81-year-old singer from Madrid.

Judge Ariel Lijo this week ordered leaked wiretaps in which the Spanish tenor allegedly engaged in sexual service with a woman belonging to the sect named as ‘Mendy’, aka Susana Mendelievich, aged 75. The recordings show that the interlocutors also deal with Juan Percowicz, an 84-year-old former notary, alleged leader of the criminal organization and who called himself “the teacher” or “the angel”. In the cult it was called “VIP geishado” or “palomeo” in the service of sexual offers from some “students”. According to the police, the plot had a “hierarchical and pyramidal” organization and a greased machine to attract funds that would launder in the real estate sector.

Three audios have been released in which ‘Mendy’ can be heard talking to three men. One is, presumably, Placido Domingo. The second is Percowicz and the identity of the third is unknown, according to the Argentine newspaper ‘La Nación’. It is not specified when the conversations were taped, recorded by a court order, but the newspaper recalls Plácido Domingo performing at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires in April.

«Plácido said he could come visit us, that is, he would come and see me. Because he’s going home to New York and he remembered it yesterday,” Mendy explains to Percowicz in one of the recordings. “I’ll have to sacrifice myself again, I have a great calling to serve.” he adds.

In another of the audio revealed by ‘La Nación’, the woman makes an appointment with someone identified by various sources as Plácido Domingo. “When we leave dinner we come separately, we do it that way because when I go upstairs my agents go to the room and they stay on the same floor,” the man says to close the meeting.

In the third recording, ‘Mendy’ explains the details of the appointment to the alleged leader of the cult: “He has already called me and set up the matufia (the deception) so that I can stay at the hotel without the agents realizing it.” .” “What a degenerate you are,” replies Percowicz. “It seems to me that you contributed a little bit to this product,” the woman replies. “He’s screwed up, Juan, I’m sorry, I don’t wish him any harm, but it’s so wonderful to see us shining and flying through the sky and he’s screwed up. He told us everything they did to him. Are you excited? I love you so much,” Mandy says to the cult leader.

Given the relevance of the meeting, Percowicz is said to have authorized the use of the so-called “Museum,” a building in downtown Buenos Aires that is apparently conditioned for sexual encounters.

Three years ago, Domingo was accused of inappropriate behavior and abuse of power by some 20 women. He watched theaters in the United States, Europe and Spain cancel or veto his performances. The tenor denied the allegations, but the American Union of Musical Artists and the Los Angeles Opera — Domingo had run them since 2003 and resigned because of the scandal — concluded in a report that the testimonies against him were “credible” and that the tenor maintained “inappropriate behavior”.

Domingo has never been charged, tried or convicted of these charges and in 2021 he resumed his performances in Spain, where he garnered long and intense ovations at venues such as the National Auditorium in Madrid or the Starlite festival in Marbella, where he was praised from July.

In 2020, and after a “period of reflection”, the singer apologized “for the pain” caused “to all” women who accused him. “I have taken a moment to reflect on the allegations made against me by several colleagues. I respect that these women have finally felt comfortable speaking up and I want them to know that I sincerely regret the pain I caused them. I accept full responsibility for my actions,” he said in a statement.

Source: La Verdad

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