Sun | Feb 16, 2020

Lawyer for just-ousted Grammys CEO fires back at academy

Published:Friday | January 17, 2020 | 11:55 AM
In this Wednesday, November 20, 2019, file photo, Recording Academy President/CEO Deborah Dugan participates in the 62nd Grammy Awards nominations news conference at Studio 43 at CBS Broadcast Center in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Recording Academy CEO Deborah Dugan, who the company announced Thursday was placed on administrative leave, has fired back in a statement through her lawyer, saying: “What has been reported is not nearly the story that needs to be told.”

The academy said late Thursday that its leader of just six months was put on leave following an allegation of misconduct by a senior leader at the organisation — just 10 days before the 2020 Grammy Awards.

But in a statement released Friday to The Associated Press, Dugan’s attorney Bryan Freedman said there’s more to the story.

“What has been reported is not nearly the story that needs to be told. When our ability to speak is not restrained by a 28-page contract and legal threats, we will expose what happens when you ‘step up’ at the Recording Academy, a public nonprofit,” the statement read.

Dugan, the former CEO of Bono’s (RED) organisation, became the first woman appointed to lead the academy when she began the job in August.

Recording Academy Board Chair Harvey Mason Jr., the music producer who has worked with Chris Brown, Jennifer Hudson and more, will serve as interim president and CEO of the academy.

“In light of concerns raised to the Recording Academy Board of Trustees, including a formal allegation of misconduct by a senior female member of the Recording Academy team, the board has placed Recording Academy President and CEO Deborah Dugan on administrative leave, effective immediately,” the academy said in a statement to the AP.

“The board has also retained two independent third-party investigators to conduct independent investigations of the allegations.”

“The board determined this action to be necessary in order to restore the confidence of the Recording Academy’s membership, repair Recording Academy employee morale, and allow the Recording Academy to focus on its mission of serving all music creators,” the statement continued.

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