Ousted Grammy Chief Talks Corruption Claims in TV Interviews (Watch)

Variety | 1/23/2020 | Jem Aswad
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Little relevant new information was unveiled in ousted Grammy CEO Deborah Dugan’s appearances on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “CBS This Morning” on Thursday. The executive, who was placed on administrative leave last Thursday after the organization made a strongly worded but vague claim of “misconduct” against her former assistant (who was also the assistant of her predecessor, Neil Portnow), appeared on the show to discuss her claims of corruption in the Grammy voting process and sexual harassment against the Academy.

Appearing live first on ABC and accompanied by her attorney Doug Wigdor, Dugan was clearly nervous and was interrupted frequently by show host George Stephanopoulos.

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She began by saying that “There are definitely amazing, amazing people that work there in the recording academy and also on the Board,” before outlining her allegation of sexual harassment against the Academy general counsel Joel Katz, which she claims took place at a dinner last May after she was confirmed as the organization’s new president and CEO.

“At the very onset, under the guise of a work dinner I was propositioned by the general counsel, an entertainment lawyer of enormous power in the industry.”

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Stephanopoulos interrupts to note that Katz “categorically denies those allegations and says you got the dinner completely wrong,” but she continues with her account, concluding, “I felt like I was being tested on how much would I acquiesce, and I realized that was a power setting move just on the onset as I was coming into the committee.”

Stephanopoulos notes that Dugan wrote in her memo to the Academy’s HR department, leveling multiple accusations, that “’I’m writing this not for you to take any action at this time.’ Why didn’t you want them to take action?”

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“I actually wanted to make change from within,” she responded. “I believe in what the Recording Academy should stand...
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