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Entertainment Ex-Grammys President Neil Portnow 'unequivocally' denies rape allegations; Dugan responds

13:45  23 january  2020
13:45  23 january  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Portnow , whose presidential tenure ended in 2019, has responded to the allegations , calling There was no basis for the allegations and once again I deny them unequivocally . Find Neil Portnow ’s full statement at Variety. Pitchfork has reached out to representatives for the Recording

Ex - Grammy Boss Neil Portnow Accused of Raping Female Artist in Blockbuster Complaint From Ousted CEO. “The allegations of rape are ludicrous, and untrue. The suggestion that there was is disseminating a There was no basis for the allegations and once again I deny them unequivocally .”

Ex-Grammys President Neil Portnow is denying rape allegations from his ousted successor, Deborah Dugan.

Neil Portnow wearing a suit and tie: © Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images "We are always working on increase diversity in membership," Recording Academy president Neil Portnow says, "whether it's ethnicity, gender, genre, or age. In order to maintain our relevance, we have to be refreshing all the time and we have to be doing that across the board."

Part of Dugan's explosive complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleges that a foreign recording artist accused Portnow of raping her following a performance she gave at Carnegie Hall. The complaint says that despite knowledge of this, the board requested Dugan approve a $750,000 consulting fee for Portnow, which she denied.

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Portnow , whose presidential tenure , has responded to the allegations , calling them “ludicrous” and “untrue The allegations of rape are ludicrous, and unfaithful. The suggestion that there was is There was no foundation for the allegations and as soon as once more I deny them unequivocally .

The allegations of rape are ludicrous, and untrue. The suggestion that there was is disseminating a lie. Deborah Dugan also alleged in the EEOC discrimination complaint that the Recording Academy’s board of trustees asked Dugan to hire Portnow as a consultant for 0,000 following his

In a statement to USA TODAY provided by representative Sallie Olmsted, Portnow called Dugan's claims "inaccurate, false and outrageous and terribly hurtful," adding that he would "vigorously defend all false claims." He also denied asking for a $750,000 consulting fee. 

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"The allegations of rape are ludicrous, and untrue," the statement continued. "The suggestion that there was is disseminating a lie. The baseless complaint about my conduct referenced in the EEOC filing was immediately brought to the attention of the Board of Director’s Executive Committee. An in-depth independent investigation by experienced and highly regarded lawyers was conducted and I was completely exonerated. There was no basis for the allegations and once again I deny them unequivocally." 

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Ex - Grammys President Neil Portnow is denying rape allegations from his ousted successor, Deborah Dugan . Part of Dugan 's explosive complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleges that a foreign recording artist accused Portnow of raping her following a

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Portnow also addressed the timeline of his departure from the academy. The former president's contract was not renewed after he said women needed to "step up" when asked about the lack of female winners at the Grammys in 2018. 

"After making the ‘step up’ comment during the 2018 telecast, for which I have apologized and deeply regret the offense caused, and understanding the power of listening and lessons learned, I took action," Portnow's statement said. "I proposed, and the Academy created an independent Task Force to review the state of diversity & inclusion across the organization. After presenting the Task Force plan and proposed study of the organization to the board, the group was created to implement change. Task Force Chair Tina Tchen made a presentation to the full Board during a May 2019 meeting."

On Wednesday Dugan's lawyers, Douglas H. Wigdor and Michael J. Willemin, maintained their client stands behind her complaint "100%."

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Ex -Recording Academy Chief Neil Portnow Responds To Rape Allegation : "Ludicrous And Untrue". Dugan became the Academy’s first female chief executive in May replacing Portnow , whose 17-year tenure ended soon after he suggested following the 2018 Grammys that female artists

– Former Grammys CEO Neil Portnow said Wednesday that a rape allegation against him aired by his successor in a complaint against the Recording “There was no basis for the allegations , and once again I deny them unequivocally .” Portnow , a 72-year-old former record label executive, did

"Mr. Portnow’s statement is only the most recent in a series of defamatory attacks aimed at Ms. Dugan because she is a women who has shown the courage to stand up for what is right," her lawyers said in a statement to USA TODAY. "When read carefully, it is clear that Mr. Portnow does not even deny that an allegation of rape was made, although the statement appears wordsmithed to leave the false impression that there was no allegation."

On Tuesday, just days before the Grammy Awards, Dugan filed a complaint alleging unlawful gender discrimination, sexual harassment, unlawful retaliation and unequal pay against the academy. 

The complaint accuses the academy of improper self-dealing by board members, voting irregularities with respect to nominations for Grammy Awards, shunning Dugan's attempts at fostering diversity and transparency, and other misconduct.

Dueling narratives have formed about why Dugan left her job. The academy says an employee accused Dugan of creating "a toxic and intolerable" work environment and engaging in "abusive and bullying conduct" during her five-month tenure as the academy's president, according to a statement provided to USA TODAY on Tuesday by academy spokesperson Lourdes Lopez.

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Former Grammys CEO Neil Portnow Calls Rape Allegation ‘Ludicrous and Untrue’. In addition, Portnow denies that he asked Dugan to pay him for consulting services. “Consistent with my pledge to ensure that there would be the appropriate amount of time for the Academy to organize and execute

Ex - Grammy Chief Neil Portnow Responds to Rape Allegations . The allegation against Portnow is her most explosive charge. The EEOC complaint states that Portnow “allegedly raped a female It claims the board was aware of the incident. Dugan levels several other accusations as well, including

The academy said investigations into Dugan's potential misconduct remain ongoing.

Claudine Little, the academy’s former director of administration, identified herself as the employee who filed a formal complaint against Dugan, calling her behavior "inexcusable."

“Ms. Dugan’s choice to litigate in the press and spread a false narrative about the academy and me and my colleagues is regrettable, but it is also emblematic of Ms. Dugan’s abusive and bullying conduct," Little said in a statement to USA TODAY on Wednesday. "I am proud of my career with the Academy … working for and with leaders far more demanding and hard-charging than Ms. Dugan. It is disappointing that Ms. Dugan hopes to leverage public opinion along gender lines and expects not to be scrutinized for her inexcusable behavior simply because she is a woman; she should be held to the same standard."

Contributing: Rasha Ali, Andrea Mandell and Cydney Henderson

Leaked Recording Academy Memo Says Joel Katz Investigation Is Under Way, Vaguely Addresses Other Claims .
The Recording Academy says an investigation of ousted CEO Deborah Dugan’s claims of sexual harassment is underway, among other measures to address the firestorm of controversy that has emerged around the organization in recent weeks, according to a pair of memos from Board of Trustees head Harvey Mason Jr. The memos were distributed Thursday to elected leaders and leaked to members of the media, including Variety. © MJ Photos/REX/Shutterstock The memos outline various efforts the Academy says it is making in the wake of Dugan’s surprise ouster on Dec.

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