PLACIDO DOMINGO MODIFIES HIS APOLOGY
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Placido Domingo is suggesting that his apology the other day struck the wrong note – so he’s giving it another try. The famed opera star says when he took “full responsibility” for his mistreatment of women, he left what he calls a “false impression” with people. He now has reverted to his former position that he never forced affection on female opera performers – nor did he ever use his clout in the industry to punish women who shunned his advances. Despite his statement on Facebook, Domingo insists his apology “was sincere and heartfelt.” A Domingo spokeswoman offered no immediate comment when asked to reconcile the two statements.
PLACIDO DOMINGO – BACKTRACKING
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – So, what’s the difference between what Placido Domingo said Tuesday and what he’s saying now? A lot, according to those who have investigated those claims. On Tuesday, a source said a union representing U.S. opera performers released a report that said Domingo did things like force kisses on women, fondled them – or pressured them to go out with them. The report said those who resisted his advances found their careers stymied. In his latest statement, Domingo denies being aggressive with women – and denies punishing those who rebuffed him. The report – and Domingo’s apology – led some opera houses in Spain to cancel some of his shows, while others said they’d consider whether to do the same.
DOMINGO’S FLIP FLOP IRKS SOME ACCUSERS
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Some of the women who have accused Placido Domingo of sexual harassment said they were pleased with his statement of apology on Tuesday. Those same women now say they are confused – and angry – by the opera star’s walking back his apology. Singers Patricia Wulf and Angela Turner Wilson say Domingo’s reversal is “extremely insulting.” In a statement from their attorney, they say “the world knows” of what they call the opera star’s “predatory behavior” – and they wonder why he’s backing off his apology. They insist that Domingo did indeed grope and proposition them – then retaliated when they rejected him.
ROMAN POLANSKI TO SKIP FRANCE’S VERSION OF THE OSCARS
PARIS (AP) – In Paris today, they’re handing out their annual film awards – their answer to the Oscars. But the director of the movie leading in nominations – is nowhere to be seen. Roman Polanski is skipping the ceremony because there will be protesters speaking out against him. The protest was prompted by a new rape accusation. Polanski has provided a statement to The Associated Press saying the protesters are turning the Cesars ceremony into what he calls “a public lynching.” Polanski remains wanted in the U.S. decades after being charged with raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977. He pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor but fled the country before he was sentenced.
K-POP GROUP BTS CANCELS SOUTH KOREA TOUR OVER VIRUS FEARS
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – BTS will be AWOL from an upcoming concert series in South Korea – because of the coronavirus scare. The seven-member K-pop group has pulled out of shows scheduled in April because of the outbreak. The group’s management says it’s impossible to tell how widespread the virus will be by time April rolls around. And the group feels it’s better to pull the plug now than to start putting the tour together and having to scuttle the shows closer to the dates. More than 200,000 fans were expected at the shows – and the Seoul government has asked organizers to restrict large public events.
NSO SPIKES JAPAN LEG OF ASIAN TOUR
WASHINGTON (AP) – The National Symphony Orchestra canceled its five remaining performances in Japan because of virus concerns. The orchestra was to play eight shows – and all have now been scrubbed. Last night the orchestra bagged shows set for March 6-11 in several Japanese cities, including the capital, Tokyo. The cancellations hew closely to a recommendation by Japan’s prime minister that major cultural events be canceled for the next two weeks.
LORI L0UGHLIN – NO DELAY
BOSTON (AP) – There will be no delay in the trial of TV actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband. A judge in Boston has ruled the trial will begin Oct. 5, with the former “Full House” star and Mossimo Giannulli being tried along with six other parents accused of scheming to pay bribes to get their kids into choice colleges. The defense sought a delay, saying new information points to the couple’s innocence. But the judge pressed ahead with plans to get the trial going before the year ends.
DICK WOLF GETS RENEWED
LOS ANGELES (AP) – For more than three decades now, Dick Wolf has been churning out drama series for NBC. That collaboration will continue. The network is giving a three-year renewal to the series Wolf does, including “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” Wolf also produces NBC’s three dramas set in Chicago: “Fire,” “P.D.” and “Med.” The five-year overall extension keeps Wolf Entertainment production in the Universal Television fold.
KOBE BRYANT MEMORABILIA GOING UP FOR SALE
NEW YORK (AP) – Wanna get your hands on some key pieces of Kobe Bryant memorabilia? You’ll have a chance in April, provided you also can get your hands on some serious money. Julien’s Auctions says it will sell off items like two of his Los Angeles Lakers uniforms, as well as the cement handprints from his induction into the Grauman’s Chinese Theater hall of fame gallery. Also going up for bids are a silver medal Bryant won in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and a 2002 FIFA World Cup gold winner’s medal. Julien’s says the Bryant items were already being planned for auction when the former NBA star, his daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in a Jan. 26 helicopter crash near Los Angeles.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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