Opera star Plácido Domingo has strongly denied claims of sexual harassment from several women.
Eight singers and a dancer have made allegations against the Spanish tenor , 78, dating back to as long as 30 years ago.
Mezzo-soprano Patricia Wulf, who sang with the married star at the Washington Opera, claimed he repeatedly propositioned her and that she feared turning him down could hit her career.
Another woman, who was 23 when she met him while with the Los Angeles Opera chorus, alleged late-night phone calls over three years from 1988, and “uncomfortably affectionate” physical contact.
She claimed she felt she had no option but to give in to his advances.
Six other women allege he made them uncomfortable with his propositions.
One accused him of putting his hand down her skirt and three said he forced kisses in a dressing room, hotel room and at a lunch meeting.
Dozens in the opera world have also claimed they saw him being sexually inappropriate towards younger women.
Domingo – married to second wife Marta Ornelas since 1962 – said in a statement: “The allegations from these unnamed individuals are deeply troubling and, as presented, inaccurate.
“Still, it is painful to hear I may have upset anyone or made them feel uncomfortable, no matter how long ago and despite my best intentions.
“I believed all my interactions and relationships were welcome and consensual. I am not someone who would intentionally harm, offend or embarrass anyone.”
Domingo – one of the 1990s classical stars the Three Tenors with Luciano Pavarotti and Jose Carreras – added: “I am privileged to have had a more than 50-year career in opera and will hold myself to the highest standards.”