The Recording Academy has reached an agreement with former president and CEO Deborah Dugan regarding his departure, according to the New York Times and the Hollywood Reporter. Earlier this month, the Recording Academy said the issue would be discussed on July 12 in a closed arbitration hearing to the public, despite calls to keep the process open. In a statement viewed by THR and The Times, both sides wrote: “The Recording Academy and Deborah Dugan have agreed to resolve their differences and keep the terms of their agreement private. “
Dugan took over from Portnow in 2019, before being put on administrative leave for unspecified “misconduct” in January 2020. The news sparked controversy in the industry days before that year’s Grammys. In a complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, Dugan accused Recording Academy general counsel Joel Katz of sexually harassing her and alleged bribery in the voting process of Grammys. (Katz and Portnow have denied the respective allegations.) The Recording Academy officially announced his dismissal in March.
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