Ousted Recording Academy CEO Lawyers Up, Promises To Spill the Beans

Ousted Recording Academy CEO Lawyers Up, Promises To Spill the Beans

Recording Academy President and CEO Deborah Dugan

In the wake of the Recording Academy placing its president and CEO Deborah Dugan on administrative leave, Dugan has hired a prominent litigation attorney to defend her.

Only ten days prior to the Grammy Awards on January 26, the academy put Dugan on leave “effective immediately.” This was due to a “formal allegation of misconduct by a senior female member of the Recording Academy team.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dugan has hired Bryan Freedman, who is promising to reveal what he and his client believe is the actual truth of the story.

Freedman said, “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.”

On August 1 of last year, Dugan took the reigns of the academy, becoming its new chief officer.

Billboard is reporting that sources inside the academy have told them that, while they could not address the specific misconduct allegations, Dugan has been a poor fit for the organization almost from the time that she took it over. This is in spite of the fact that the organization conducted a long and thorough search for a new chief.

Another source close to the academy has issued the following statement about the current situation there: “It’s heartbreaking for people who care deeply about the organization that someone they trusted to fill that position would so quickly become so at odds with the organization.”

Just a few months ago, the Recording Academy settled a lawsuit brought against it by Dana Tomarken, who is a former vice president of MusiCares and the Grammy Foundation. She accused the academy of harassment, wrongful termination and financial impropriety.

6 Responses

  1. Aussie Jack

    She Says Anything Less Than…
    The Whole Thing Is A Lie
    The Academy Votes Are Bullshit (NONE OF US VOTE FOR BEYONCE)
    It’s All Rigged By The Music Industry
    Sorry Everybody For Giving Lil Nas X 7 Nominations
    We Know Were Hack Jobs
    We Knew You All Knew
    We’re Sorry For Iceing Out Our Critics
    We Failed Music
    We Are Ashamed

    • Anonymous

      Most of the Grammys board are probably Kean on Same sex relationships hence the 7 nominations for riding a horse and a Porsche was predictable.

  2. Rabbi Shlomo Rubenstein the 3rd aka the new Duke of London

    So they hired a woman for image reconstruction. She steps up and tells the board- you guys have been spending too much money on bullshit lawyers. You guys run this place like a record label. I’m going direct to the artists. The board says wait a minute those lawyers are our friends. We put them their. Portnows former assitant tells board shes abusive. Board fires her. This is playing out like a soap opera and I freaking love it.

  3. Friendy Okeke

    What are the sins of Deborah Dugan? Show us in print, please.

    • Sam

      She’s not a man. She wanted to expose the guard for real improprieties (financial, voting, etc.). She wouldn’t play ball their way.

  4. Paul Lanning

    Despite its sad ugliness, this is a much more entertaining show than the Grammy telecast ever was.