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Argentine justice points to Plácido Domingo as an alleged "client" of a dismantled trafficking network in Buenos Aires

2022-08-18T12:36:21.136Z

Wiretaps ordered against the Yoga School sect allegedly show the tenor negotiating a sexual service Placido Domingo was "what appears to be a client" of the sexual services offered by the Yoga School of Buenos Aires, a sect with more than 30 years of history dismantled last week by the Argentine justice, according to sources of the investigation. this diary. In a series of wiretaps ordered by Judge Ariel Lijo, in charge of the investigation, a client is heard, and according to the investigations



Placido Domingo was "what appears to be a client" of the sexual services offered by the Yoga School of Buenos Aires, a sect with more than 30 years of history dismantled last week by the Argentine justice, according to sources of the investigation. this diary.

In a series of wiretaps ordered by Judge Ariel Lijo, in charge of the investigation, a client is heard, and according to the investigations, it would be the tenor.

The man talks to a woman who calls herself Mendy, to whom he explains how the meeting should take place.

The woman later speaks with the leader of the sect and celebrates that the client, allegedly Domingo, has already “organized the matufia” [a deception] so that “the agents don't notice”.

The same sources consulted assure that the voice is that of the tenor and that Plácido Domingo is not charged with any crime, but they warn that there is still “reviewing a huge amount of paper and digital documentation.”

This newspaper has tried to contact Domingo directly and through his entourage, without receiving a response.

The telephone dialogue, of which the date is unknown - Domingo performed at the Teatro Colón in the Argentine capital last April - was leaked on Tuesday afternoon and consists of three parts.

In the first, Mendy and Juan Percowicz, leader of the sect arrested last Friday along with twenty other people, decide to accept the request of the man who makes the call.

“Plácido said that he could come to visit us, that is to say, that he is going to come to visit me.

Because he goes home to New York and remembered it yesterday, ”says the woman in the audios that are in the court file.

Due to the importance of the meeting, Percowicz authorizes the use of the Museum, as they called a building in the center of Buenos Aires conditioned for sexual encounters.

In a second audio, the alleged voice of Plácido Domingo is heard giving instructions to Mendy.

“When we leave dinner we come separately, we do it that way because my agents are going to go up to the room when I go up and they are going to stay on the same floor,” says the man, who the investigation indicates is Plácido Domingo, who He proceeds to indicate to the woman the number of the room in which they should meet.

The deal closed, Mendy calls the boss back.

“He already called me and put together a ruckus so that I could stay in the hotel without the agents realizing it,” he tells Percowicz.

“How degenerate

“He already called me and put together a ruckus so that I could stay in the hotel without the agents realizing it,” he tells Percowicz.

“How degenerate

“He already called me and put together a ruckus so that I could stay in the hotel without the agents realizing it,” he tells Percowicz.

“How degenerate

sos

”, celebrates his interlocutor.

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Prostitution, extortion and money laundering: the plot of the “Yoga School of Buenos Aires” sect

Plácido Domingo was one of the artists highlighted in the #Metoo, following the accusations of sexual harassment in the United States by some twenty women made public by the Associated Press in August 2019. Many of his presentations, both in the United States as in Spain, they were cancelled.

He denied the accusations, but reports from the American Union of Musical Artists and the Los Angeles Opera —of which the Madrilenian was appointed director in 2003, a position he resigned as a result of the scandal— concluded that the testimonies were “credible” and that the tenor had engaged in "inappropriate behavior."

He then assured that he was sorry for the pain that he could have caused the women.

He has never been tried, charged or convicted of the accusations and in 2021 he resumed his proceedings.

A sect that hid a prostitution plot

The Argentine Justice arrested last Friday in 50 raids on 24 members of the Buenos Aires Yoga School, including Percowicz, an 84-year-old former notary, its leader and founder.

The group is accused of integrating a sect dedicated to recruiting and subjugating hundreds of people.

The victims, who came eager to achieve "the development of happiness", allegedly ended up deprived of their assets, subjected to servitude and even prostituted.

The women captured by the sect agreed to offer sexual services to wealthy businessmen, artists and even politicians, according to the investigation.

In exchange, they got points to move up a ladder drawn up by the leader.

At the top of the pyramid was Percowicz, who called himself "the angel" or "the teacher."

The leader was level seven of the organization, seconded by "apostles" (level six), "geniuses" (level five) and "students", level four.

For the "ordinary humans" the lower levels were left.

According to the accusation, the members of the highest levels were in charge of different undertakings that gave life and, above all, resources to the organization.

Money and other objects seized from the sect in Buenos Aires, Argentina ARGENTINE FEDERAL POLICE - TÉLAM (ARGENTINE FEDERAL POLICE - TÉLA)

In addition to the “geishado”, as the sexual offer service was called, there was a well-oiled machinery for capturing resources.

The “students” gave up their assets and paid fees of between 250 and 10.00 dollars a month, depending on their purchasing power.

Percowicz is an old acquaintance of Argentine justice.

In 1993 he was charged with the same crimes that have now landed him in jail, but he came out clean.

His file went through three courts, thanks to the links that the leader had with local politicians and international human rights organizations.

The accusations against the Yoga School finally came to nothing.

Almost 30 years later, justice has once again fallen on Percowicz and his accomplices.

At the time of his arrest, he had in his possession more than a million dollars and almost a kilo of gold bullion.

The members of the band are divided between Argentina and the United States.

According to a Police report, "the profits obtained from the exploitation of all these people -students and patients- would enter the legal circuit through real estate agents and a notary's office, which the organization has in our country, and different foundations created in the United States, thereby generating a constant flow of foreign currency for said organization”.

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Source: elparis

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