Plácido Domingo is linked to a criminal sect in Villa Crespo called “Escuela de Yoga”, an organization involved in human trafficking, sexual exploitation and other crimes in Argentina.
The Argentinian and Uruguayan newspapers La Nacion and El Observador report that a police operation aimed at dismantling the organization obtained audio recordings during an organized raid. During the raid, 37 properties were seized along with 13 cars, and assets were frozen.
According to the audio tape turnovers, politicians and influential people had ties to the organization.
In one of the audio tapes, Domingo’s voice is heard speaking to “Mendy”, the woman who arranged the sexual encounters. Domingo reportedly said, “When we leave dinner, we will arrive separately. We’re going to do it like that because my agents will go up to their room when I go up and they’ll stay on the same floor.
According to the audio tapes, at the end of the conversation with Domingo, “Mendy” calls Juan Percowicz, the leader of the cult, celebrating and confirming that she succeeded in convincing “Plácido”.
Initial reports note that there are around 170 victims of the sect in Argentina, and several more abroad. Buyers of the organization’s services sent money in international currencies to the headquarters in Buenos Aires. The money would then go unnoticed through the purchase of real estate, or legal objects, in order to avoid proof and registration of transfers.
Several news reports noted that the background to these phone calls is unknown and other recognized figures have not been disclosed.
The news comes as Domingo performs in Mexico for the first time in 10 years. It also comes just a few years after the singer was accused of sexual harassment by several women.
In response to the new investigation, soprano Luz de Alba, who accused the tenor in 2020, has already spoken out about Domingo and said she was harassed by the singer for many years, including in his apartment. She alleged that he took her agent away and that his wife Marta Domingo was his accomplice. De Alba also alleges that she no longer has open doors to any opera house in the world.