Former Grammys CEO, Neil Portnow, Slammed With A Fresh Lawsuit For Drugging And Raping An Artist

The woman who first accused the former Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow of rape has now sued the music business executive, more than three years after her accusations first went public.  A recording artist identified in the lawsuit as ‘Jane Doe’ claimed that Portnow drugged and sexually violated her in his New York hotel room back in June, 2018.

The lawsuit was filed in New York yesterday, Wednesday, according to Rolling Stone, who also obtained a copy. The woman in question also stated that the Recording Academy encouraged Portnow’s actions in order to preserve their own reputations and quiet Plaintiffs and other female musicians who may dare to speak up.

From 2002 until 2019, Portnow led the Grammy Awards for 17 years. But, following his remarks to reporters that women should “step up” for greater participation in the industry following the underwhelming representation of women at the 2018 Grammy Awards, he faced a great deal of controversy.

After the incident, he made an announcement in May 2018 that he would be vacating his position when his contract expired in the summer of 2019. The rape accusation against Portnow initially came to light in January 2020 when his replacement, Deborah Dugan, had filed a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission following her dismissal, which had occurred just over a week before the 62nd Grammys.

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