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Recording Academy fires ousted CEO, citing investigations

Posted at 6:46 PM, Mar 02, 2020

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.