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 depart 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 lawyer representing Dugan says he has employed a safety element to protect the Los Angeles-based government, who was positioned on administrative depart this week resulting from “serious concerns” delivered to the board of trustees’ consideration.
“Based upon credible and extremely disturbing information, Deborah Dugan now has 24-hour, round-the-clock security,” Bryan Freedman tells The Hollywood Reporter.
Freedman, who additionally has represented Megyn Kelly and Gabrielle Union, says he has employed safety for shoppers previously, together with Union, whose firing from America’s Got Talent prompted an NBC investigation. But the Dugan case marks the primary time Freedman immediately heard the risk himself. He says the risk 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 put up on the Recording Academy on Aug. 1, is a single mom of three. Her abrupt sidelining a few week earlier than the Jan. 26 Grammy Awards has turn out to be 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 Times described as “bullying.” Dugan, through 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 once 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 have worked with Deb Dugan for many years going back to when she was CEO of (Red),” stated Geoffrey Loisel, vp Americas Champagne Billecart-Salmon. “She is a person with high ethical standards and has always been the utmost professional in our business dealings. Given what has been reported in the news reports, I feel very uncomfortable continuing to support the Grammys at this time. As a result, Champagne Billecart-Salmon is pulling its sponsorship.”
On Saturday, a lot of high-profile whistleblowers voiced help for Dugan, together with Union, Kelly and Gretchen Carlson. Kelly tweeted, “What did Grammys CEO Deborah Dugan report to HR re the Grammys that got her fired? Why is a PUBLIC, non profit allowed to muzzle execs who file HR complaints? What’s in her complaint? The public deserves to know.”
Before she was positioned on administrative depart on Jan. 16, Dugan filed a criticism with the Academy’s human assets division by which she raised considerations about voting and monetary irregularities, extreme funds to legislation companies and sexual harassment inside the 62-year-old establishment, which is a 501(c)(6) tax exempt non-profit group. According to its 990 filings, that are publicly out there, two companies — Greenberg Traurig and Proskauer Rose — had been paid almost $Three million for the fiscal 12 months ending June 2018 (the latest out there) for work with the Academy. Greeberg Traurig was the second highest-paid unbiased contractor for the Academy (behind AEG Ehrlich Ventures, which produces the Grammys). An extra $3,737,440 was listed within the kind’s “Statement of Functional Expenses” for unspecified authorized charges. By distinction, the Academy of Motion Picture 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 (Red), was introduced in to interchange Portnow, who exited final 12 months when his contract ran out on July 31. His 2018 comment by which he stated feminine musicians must “step up” so as 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 depart past it saying in an announcement that the transfer got here “in light of concerns raised to the Recording Academy board of trustees, including a formal allegation of misconduct by a senior female member of the Recording Academy team.” Dugan just isn’t anticipated to return to her put up. The Academy says it has introduced in two exterior 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 stops her from talking about her tenure on the Academy.
This article initially appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.