Former Grammy boss to defend discrimination claims amid Academy pushback

Dugan filed the federal discrimination suit this week after she was fired

The former CEO of the Recording Academy, who is suing the organization for discrimination, will go before a national audience with her story, according to Deadline.

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Deborah Dugan will appear on Good Morning America Thursday morning.

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Dugan, the first female CEO of the group behind the Grammys, filed the federal discrimination suit this week after she was fired.

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Dugan’s attorney Doug Wigdor said on Twitter that Dugan “filed EEOC complaint alleges the Recording Academy is a “boys’ club” fraught with sexual harassment, conflicts of interest & corrupt Grammy Award voting practices.”

Dugan’s camp alleges in the suit that her removal was actually based on an email she sent to human resources that detailed complaints of sexual harassment against a man serving as general counsel to the Academy.

Dugan will get to respond to a letter signed by four women who serve on the Board of Trustees of the Recording Academy defending the group against her claims.

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“It is deeply disturbing to us – and quite frankly, heartbreaking – to witness the firestorm against our organization that has been unleashed,” Tammy Hurt, Christine Albert, Leslie Ann Jones and Terry Jones wrote in a statement obtained by Deadline. “The Academy is keenly sensitive to any and all allegations of harassment or abuse, and we support the independent investigations that have been launched.”

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This all comes just days before the group's headlining event, the 62nd annual Grammy Awards being held Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.