Dugan is set to appear on the prominent US TV show Good Morning America later today, which will nearly certainly keep the news cycle churning for another day as the Grammys near. She also claimed that her predecessor, Neil Portnow, raped an unnamed musician and that the Academy knew about the allegation.
At the time, Dugan's representative told the New York Times that once their "ability to speak is not restrained by a 28-page contract and legal threats" they would "expose what happens when you "step up" at the Recording Academy, a public nonprofit".
The drama began last week when Deborah Dugan, hired less than a year ago as the academy's first female chief executive, was suspended in the wake of what the organization called "a formal allegation of misconduct".
The lawsuit claims Dugan was subjected to sexual harassment.
The complaint also includes claims of unlawful gender discrimination, unlawful retaliation, and unequal pay.
Dugan was the Grammys' first-ever female CEO before her sudden administrative leave.
In her complaint, Dugan said her treatment of Little as her boss was entirely appropriate, and that she had done her a favor by keeping her on after Portnow's departure.
"I moved across the country, I had a great job", she said on "GMA".
Dugan had also received unwanted sexual advances from a close affiliate of the Grammys, Joel Katz, a lawyer that represents the organization. "I have evidence that in another room - because there were complaints made in the jazz category". "I can work with this team'". While it remains a persistent issue (see the most recent Oscar nominations), the Grammys in particular have voting rules that long seemed like a breeding ground for corruption. "I couldn't say more positive things about all of the nominations and everybody that performs". "Oh, my God, I hate that I'm in this situation because I'd much rather be talking about the artists and their music".
"It's mostly white males that are in those rooms that make these decisions, and there's a conflict of interest", she said in a separate interview on CBS breakfast show This Morning.
Moreover, the voting process has been widely and historically criticized as secretive and exclusionary.
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EW has reached out to the Recording Academy for further comment on Dugan's claims.
Dugan attends the 20th annual Latin GRAMMY Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 14, 2019 in Las Vegas.
"Stephanopoulos notes that Dugan wrote in her memo to the Academy's HR section, leveling numerous accusations, so that "'I am writing this not for one to take any actions at this moment.' Why not want them to do it?"
"Ms. Dugan repeatedly raised concerns throughout her entire tenure at the Academy, and even gave large presentations focused on diversity and inclusion at Board meetings", Douglas H. Wigdor and Michael J. Willemin said in a statement to CNN.
An email from Katz said the attorney was out sick.
"Spurious allegations claiming members or committees use our process to push forward nominations for artists they have relationships with are categorically false, misleading and wrong", he said in a statement on Thursday.
"Moreover, in an outrageous conflict of interest, the Board has selected artists who are under consideration for a nomination to sit on the committee that is voting for the category for which that have been nominated".
Dugan was employed by the Academy for five months before being placed on leave.
Producer Ken Ehrlich did not answer a message seeking a response to Dugan's allegations.
"I really wanted to make change from within", she replied. "I'm excited to get started". I will listen to and champion all of those individuals, and lead this iconic organization into the future.