Problems are brewing on the front line of the Recording Academy after the dismissal of Neil Portnow in 2018 as well as the recent termination of Deborah Dugan. The deadline indicated that Portnow officially responded to Dugan’s allegations that he had been charged with rape.
Apparently, Neil has been charged with raping an unspecified female artist. In a statement to media outlets, Neil said the document using his name was filled with “false and scandalous” complaints against him, most of which were “hurtful”.
“The allegations of rape are ridiculous and untrue,” said the former president. As previously reported, Dugan was fired from the post of CEO of the Recording Academy last week, just a week before the next Grammy Awards.
Dugan was the very first female president of the Recording Academy after the dismissal of Portnow for declaring that female artists should “step up”. “Raped a female recording artist.” Former Recording Academy President Deborah Dugan Claims Neil Portnow Was Accused Of Rape – He Responds.
According to Dugan, the alleged rape incident was the “real reason” why his contract was not renewed. In addition, Dugan also accused Joel Katz of sexual harassment. Katz denied the accusation.
Bridget Hill reported earlier this year that Dugan was hired shortly after the dismissal of Portnow. However, she filed a complaint against the Recording Academy, stating that she was the victim of several types of harassment and intimidation.
Deborah Dugan says she was fired from the academy to divert attention from the “illegal activities” of the Recording Academy. Sources say Dugan was fired after being accused of “harassing” another executive.
As most know, this is not the only problem faced by the Grammy Awards in recent years. The Recording Academy hit the headlines when it couldn’t find a host at the last minute after asking Kevin Hart to apologize for the tweets he wrote in the late 2000s. Dugan is the third president whose contract was terminated during the last six months.