4 days after the Recording Academy positioned President and CEO Deborah Dugan on administrative go away amid an “investigation” into alleged misconduct, interim President/CEO Harvey Mason Jr. has issued an announcement claiming Dugan demanded “tens of millions of ” to withdraw complaints she made in regards to the group and resign.

The Recording Academy compelled Dugan out on January 16. Since then, a number of media retailers have reported she was pushed in retaliation for a memo she wrote difficult the group’s “exorbitant and pointless” spending, voting irregularities, conflicts of curiosity, and different points.

Deborah Dugan on the 62nd Grammy Awards nominations press convention on Nov. 20, 2019.
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Mason countered these studies Monday, by claiming Dugan didn’t formally voice issues in regards to the Recording Academy till she thought her job was in jeopardy.

Gabrielle Union Voices Assist For Ousted Recording Academy CEO Deborah Dugan

“After we acquired the worker complaints towards Ms. Dugan, she then (for the primary time) made allegations towards the Academy. In response, we began a separate investigation into Ms. Dugan’s allegations,” Mason said in his letter revealed on the Grammys web site.

“Ms. Dugan’s lawyer then knowledgeable the chief committee that if Ms. Dugan was paid tens of millions of , she would ‘withdraw’ her allegations and resign from her position as CEO. Following that communication from Ms. Dugan’s lawyer, Ms. Dugan was positioned on administrative go away as we full each of those ongoing investigations,” Mason added.

He additionally blasted “leaks” and the breathless media protection of Dugan’s exit simply days earlier than the Grammy Awards on January 26.

“I’m deeply disturbed and saddened by the ‘leaks’ and misinformation, that are fueling a press marketing campaign designed to create leverage towards the Academy for private acquire,” Mason mentioned.

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He then urged the media to focus its consideration on the nominated artists.

“As Grammy week is upon us, I really hope we will focus our consideration on the artists who’ve acquired nominations and need to be celebrated at the moment of the 12 months, and never give credence to unsubstantiated assaults on the Academy,” he mentioned.

Dugan has assembled a authorized staff that features powerhouse Hollywood lawyer Bryan Freedman, who can be representing Gabrielle Union following her exit from NBC’s America’s Obtained Expertise.

On Saturday Union voiced help for the ousted govt on social media..

“Coulda sworn this is similar board that informed girls to ‘step up,’” the actress tweeted. “Clearly what they actually meant was stand down, flip a blind eye to issues, or be fired. #DeborahDugan actually stepped up & tried to make vital modifications & was proven the door. Been there, carried out that, acquired fired too.”

The “step up” remark was in reference to longtime Recording Academy boss Neil Portnow, who exited final 12 months after coming underneath hearth for a remark he made after the 2018 Grammys, saying feminine musicians wanted to “step up” in the event that they count on to win extra awards.

Learn Mason’s Full Letter Under:

GRAMMYS JAN 20, 2020 – three:27 PM
Academy Household,

As a proud member of our music neighborhood and the Recording Academy’s interim President and CEO, I assumed it necessary that I attain out to you all immediately about Deborah Dugan. In her temporary time with the Academy, Ms. Dugan and I had been in sync about taking a recent have a look at every part and making any and all modifications vital to enhance the Academy in addition to making it extra present and related to the inventive neighborhood we serve. I stay dedicated to that purpose.

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In November of 2019, the Govt Committee grew to become conscious of abusive work surroundings complaints alleged towards Ms. Dugan and in December 2019, a letter was despatched from an lawyer representing a employees member that included extra detailed and severe allegations of a “poisonous and insupportable” and “abusive and bullying” surroundings created by Ms. Dugan in direction of the employees. Given these regarding studies, the Govt Committee launched an instantaneous and unbiased investigation into the alleged misconduct of Ms. Dugan.

After we acquired the worker complaints towards Ms. Dugan, she then (for the primary time) made allegations towards the Academy. In response, we began a separate investigation into Ms. Dugan’s allegations. Ms. Dugan’s lawyer then knowledgeable the Govt Committee that if Ms. Dugan was paid tens of millions of , she would “withdraw” her allegations and resign from her position as CEO. Following that communication from Ms. Dugan’s lawyer, Ms. Dugan was positioned on administrative go away as we full each of those ongoing investigations.

I’m deeply disturbed and saddened by the “leaks” and misinformation, that are fueling a press marketing campaign designed to create leverage towards the Academy for private acquire. As GRAMMY week is upon us, I really hope we will focus our consideration on the artists who’ve acquired nominations and need to be celebrated at the moment of the 12 months, and never give credence to unsubstantiated assaults on the Academy. To do in any other case is simply not proper.

As you already know the Recording Academy’s Board of Trustees consists of inventive and technical artists and music makers from all genres, who’ve devoted their lives to creating music and volunteering their time devoted to the mission of the Recording Academy. These Trustees, in addition to the Governors in our 12 chapters, give their time freely and passionately. Many are entrepreneurs who run small companies dedicated to their artwork, and generously donate their time not solely to acknowledge their friends, however to struggle for the rights of music makers, foster music schooling, and supply help to these in want all 12 months lengthy. Moreover, our hardworking and educated employees couldn’t be extra devoted to supporting and furthering our mission. The present assaults on the Academy are assaults on these individuals, that are unwarranted, uninformed and unconscionable.

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I encourage anybody who is actually to transcend the sensational sound bites and teaser headlines and have a look at what the Academy really does and the way it features. Don’t purchase into headlines generated for private acquire however search the reality as I’m doing. As I discussed we have now initiated two unbiased investigations to discover all claims and current goal findings. My pledge to you is that I’ll deal with the findings of those investigations pretty and truthfully and work to make wanted repairs and modifications whereas guaranteeing we have now an Academy that honors variety, inclusion and a secure work surroundings for all involved.

Thanks in your consideration to this matter and your help of our Recording Academy.

Harvey Mason, Jr.