In a further twist, Grammy Awards sponsor Champagne Billecart-Salmon has pulled out of the Jan. 26 present in solidarity with Deborah Dugan, who was positioned on administrative go away amid a declare of misconduct.
The case of Deborah Dugan’s ouster as president and chief government of the Recording Academy has taken two dramatic twists.
The legal professional representing Dugan says he has employed a safety element to protect the Los Angeles-based government, who was positioned on administrative go away this week attributable to “critical issues” dropped at the board of trustees’ consideration.
“Primarily based upon credible and very disturbing data, Deborah Dugan now has 24-hour, round the clock safety,” Bryan Freedman tells The Hollywood Reporter.
Freedman, who additionally has represented Megyn Kelly and Gabrielle Union, says he has employed safety for purchasers previously, together with Union, whose firing from America’s Received Expertise prompted an NBC investigation. However the Dugan case marks the primary time Freedman straight heard the menace himself. He says the menace was made on Friday night time (Jan. 17) however declined to elaborate additional in regards to the nature of the warning or who communicated it.
Dugan, who took excessive publish on the Recording Academy on Aug. 1, is a single mom of three. Her abrupt sidelining a couple of week earlier than the Jan. 26 Grammy Awards has turn into the discuss of the music and leisure industries. The Recording Academy claims Dugan is being investigated for an allegation of misconduct, which the New York Occasions described as “bullying.” Dugan, by way of Freedman, has countered that she is a whistleblower who was ousted after internally calling out organizational misconduct. She is now threatening to “expose what occurs if you ‘step up’ on the Recording Academy,” a reference to a remark about girls made by the group’s former president Neil Portnow that sparked outrage.
In a further twist, Champagne Billecart-Salmon has pulled out as a sponsor of the Grammy Awards, that are broadcast on CBS, and is citing the Recording Academy’s remedy of Dugan as the explanation.
“I’ve labored with Deb Dugan for a few years going again to when she was CEO of (Crimson),” stated Geoffrey Loisel, vp Americas Champagne Billecart-Salmon. “She is an individual with excessive moral requirements and has all the time been the utmost skilled in our enterprise dealings. Given what has been reported within the information stories, I really feel very uncomfortable persevering with to help the Grammys right now. Because of this, Champagne Billecart-Salmon is pulling its sponsorship.”
On Saturday, a variety of high-profile whistleblowers voiced help for Dugan, together with Union, Kelly and Gretchen Carlson. Kelly tweeted, “What did Grammys CEO Deborah Dugan report back to HR re the Grammys that obtained her fired? Why is a PUBLIC, non revenue allowed to muzzle execs who file HR complaints? What’s in her grievance? The general public deserves to know.”
Earlier than she was positioned on administrative go away on Jan. 16, Dugan filed a grievance with the Academy’s human sources division wherein she raised issues about voting and monetary irregularities, extreme funds to legislation companies and sexual harassment throughout the 62-year-old establishment, which is a 501(c)(6) tax exempt non-profit group. In response to its 990 filings, that are publicly obtainable, two companies — Greenberg Traurig and Proskauer Rose — had been paid almost $Three million for the fiscal 12 months ending June 2018 (the latest obtainable) for work with the Academy. Greeberg Traurig was the second highest-paid impartial contractor for the Academy (behind AEG Ehrlich Ventures, which produces the Grammys). An extra $3,737,440 was listed within the kind’s “Assertion of Useful Bills” for unspecified authorized charges. Against this, the Academy of Movement Image Arts & Sciences paid nothing to independently contracted legislation companies and $1,162,405 in unspecified authorized charges for a similar fiscal 12 months (not like the Recording Academy, AMPAS has an in-house counsel).
Dugan, who beforehand labored as chief of Bono’s nonprofit (Crimson), was introduced in to interchange Portnow, who exited final 12 months when his contract ran out on July 31. His 2018 comment wherein he stated feminine musicians must “step up” in an effort to be acknowledged by the Grammys prompted requires his resignation from high-profile artists.
Little is understood about why the Academy put Dugan on administrative go away past it saying in an announcement that the transfer got here “in gentle of issues raised to the Recording Academy board of trustees, together with a proper allegation of misconduct by a senior feminine member of the Recording Academy crew.” Dugan is just not anticipated to return to her publish. The Academy says it has introduced in two outdoors investigators to look into the allegation. Sources inform The Hollywood Reporter that the investigations could proceed into early spring.
Dugan additionally has remained silent. Freedman beforehand referenced a 28-page contract that forestalls her from talking about her tenure on the Academy.
This text initially appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.