The disgraced opera star Plácido Domingo has found himself in yet another scandal after the prosecutors in Argentina have linked him to a criminal gang in Buenos Aires that serves as a front for sexual trafficking operation – both of women and minors – as well as other crimes.
During the 50 raids the Argentinian authorities have conducted last week against the BA Group, the police arrested 19 people, seized 37 properties and 13 cars, and obtained wiretap recordings that allegedly include Domingo’s voice making plans with members of the criminal ring.
The BA Group, which operates under the name Buenos Aires Yoga School, has been accused of human trafficking resulting in slavery through coercion with AIDS and drugs, as local outlets reported.
In one of the recordings, the 81-year-old Spanish tenor is allegedly heard making plans for a sexual encounter with a woman called “Mendy.” In another excerpt, “Mendy” is asking Juan Percowicz, the alleged leader of the BA Group – which operates under the name Buenos Aires Yoga School- to celebrate confirming the plans with the man she refers to as “Plácido,”
Excerpts of the alleged audio recordings obtained by wiretap, whose dates have not been made public, have been aired en masse by Latin American TV channels.
Back in 2019, Domingo was accused of sexual misconduct by some 20 women, whose allegations he disputed as inaccurate, but shortly after he withdrew from New York’s Metropolitan Opera and resigned from the LA Opera.
In March the following year, the Washington National Opera in Washington, D.C., where Domingo served as artistic director and later general director from 1996 to 2011, removed his name from the young artist’s early career program.
His career abroad, however, has survived the sexual misconduct scandal and he recently performed across Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Domingo also remains a brand ambassador for Rolex watches.