Tenor tests positive for Covid-19

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 24 Mar 2020

Spanish opera star Placido Domingo has tested positive for Covid-19, but he declares that he and his family are "in good health."

Domingo, 70, who has since August been under a cloud of scandal over claims he grabbed and fondled women - many of them leading performers - for more than 30 years, went on Facebook to say: "I feel it is my moral duty to announce to you that I have tested positive for Covid-19, the coronavirus.

"My family and I are all in self isolation," he added. "Currently we are all in good health, but I experienced fever and cough symptoms and decided to get tested."

He encouraged fans to wash their hands regularly, keep their distance from one another and listen to experts. "Together we can fight this virus and stop the current worldwide crisis," he added.

Domingo, who won acclaim in the 1990s as one of the Three Tenors alongside Jose Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti, quit as general director of the Los Angeles Opera last year over the sex claims.

He initially denied wrongdoing but last month issued an apology when the American Guild of Musical Artists and the LA Opera found the sexual harassment allegations credible.

Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has also tested positive for the virus, reports said.

Weinstein, 68, is in prison in northern New York state after being sentenced to 23 years behind bars for rape and sexual assault.

He was one of two inmates to test positive at the high-security Wende Correctional Facility. He has had no contact with his family or his lawyer since the diagnosis.

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