'It is disappointing that Ms. Dugan hopes to leverage public opinion along gender lines,' said former Recording Academy assistant Claudine Little.
Embattled Grammy CEO Deborah Dugan’s former assistant Claudine Little says she is disappointed by the false narrative Dugan has been spinning in the media. Little said the aggressive approach by Dugan is actually proof of her “abusive and bullying conduct" and believes that Dugan is hoping to “leverage public opinion along gender lines."
Little -- who had worked as the assistant to the previous CEO Neil Portnow and held the title of director of administration -- stayed in the position when Dugan took the reigns at the Academy in August. In Dugan's complaint filed Tuesday, she said she soon realized that Little was not up to the task, accusing her of not consistently forwarding her messages and not knowing how to manage her Outlook calendar. She also says that she received complaints about Little’s conduct from Barbra Streisand’s manager and the head of Universal Music Publishing Group (who she did not identify by name). At the end of October, Little went on a leave of absence and did not return to her position. Dugan says she was subsequently interrogated by HR about the “Little situation.”