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Recording Academy fires ousted CEO, citing investigations

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Posted at 5:46 PM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 20:46:46-05

The Recording Academy says it has fired Deborah Dugan, its former president who questioned the integrity of the Grammy Awards nominations process and complained of sexual harassment and a toxic culture.

The academy said Monday the decision was reached after “two exhaustive, costly independent investigations.” Dugan had been on administrative leave since mid-January, when she was ousted after multiple complaints of mistreatment from people in the organization.

Dugan says her firing represents a continuation of the same patterns from the academy, and she'll keep fighting the organization from the outside. Dugan’s ouster played out days before the academy's Grammy Awards.