Plácido Domingo has flatly denied his connection with the Villacrespo sect. The tenor is in the spotlight after being linked to a criminal network accused of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. According to the sources of the investigation, it would be the voice of Plácido Domingo that appears in a series of telephone calls in which a sexual service is contracted with one of the members of the organization, a sect in charge of recruiting followers through various channels. and that it would have been operating for more than 30 years in several Latin American countries.
Plácido Domingo at the Austrian Prize for Musical Theater 2020
The singer has defended himself against the accusations and has stated that he did have a friendly relationship with some members of the organization, but that he was not involved in it and that he feels used. “Of course I have nothing to do with that,” he assured after his concert in Monterrey. Initially, the tenor did not want to comment on the subject and only stated that he had not been charged. However, after several days in which the news has created a stir, the singer has found it necessary to clean up his image, not for the first time, since he already had to do it after the accusations of sexual harassment by several colleagues in 2019.
“It makes me sad when you have had friends for many years and you realize that they have used you, then that is how it is,” confessed the tenor, who considers that he has been used by the criminal organization and that is why he would now find himself in that situation. “You have seen that everything is proven, that there is nothing, what I feel a lot is that it was a group that I… of friends, that I considered musicians. We were on one occasion, I invited them to work, and unfortunately it has not been like that , but well, anyway, of course I have nothing to do with that,” said the singer, defending his innocence.
Placido Domingo taking a photo with a follower at the Salzburg festival
However, Placido Domingo’s problems go further. One of his concerts, scheduled for October 16, 2022 in Santiago de Chile, has been cancelled. His own concert promoter company has come out in defense of the singer to claim that the accusations surrounding him have nothing to do with the cancellation of the concert, calling them “false and unfounded”. He has also pointed out that the accusations linking the singer with the sect would consist of “false accusations against the artist.”
The call that caused the controversy
On August 16, 2022, the accusations that linked the singer to the Villacrespo sect came to light. According to a series of wiretaps to which the investigators of the case had access, it would be the voice of Plácido Domingo that appears in the audios of the telephone calls in which a sexual encounter with one of the members of the group, Susana Mendelievich, is organized. who would use the pseudonym ‘Mendy’, and whose identity initially did not come out. However, the Argentine Federal Police indicated that the investigation would continue and that the singer had not yet been charged, although he was being investigated.