Neil Portnow, the former chief of the Recording Academy, has been accused of raping a female artist by his successor, Grammys CEO Deborah Dugan, who was placed on an administrative leave days ago.
Earlier this week rumors swirled that Dugan was put on leave after speaking up about alleged sexual harassment within the academy. Now, in a discrimination complaint filed Tuesday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Dugan claimed that Portnow “allegedly raped a female recording artist, which was, upon information and belief, the real reason his contract was not renewed.”
The Recording Academy placed Dugan, its first-ever female CEO of just six months, on leave just 10 days prior to Sunday’s 2020 Grammy Awards, which will be held in Los Angeles.
Neil Portnow had led the Grammys since 2002. Before joining (RED), the AIDS organization that launched in 2006, Dugan was president of Disney Publishing Worldwide and executive vice president at EMI/Capitol Records. She started her career as an attorney on Wall Street.
In her complaint, Dugan alleged that she first learned of the accusation against Portnow in May 2019 while attending a three-day meeting at the Academy’s Board at the Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel hotel, according to Yahoo. Portnow’s alleged rape victim’s name has not been released.
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