Musician Sues Former Grammys Head Neil Portnow For Alleged Rape

Neil Portnow, the former head of the Grammys, is accused of rape in a newly filed lawsuit. As the New York Times reports, in the lawsuit, an anonymous musician alleges that Portnow, who stepped down as Recording Academy CEO in 2019, drugged and raped her in a New York hotel room in 2018. The musician is not named in the suit but is identified as an instrumentalist from outside the United States who once performed at Carnegie Hall. She contacted the Academy about Portnow’s alleged crime in 2018, as seen in redacted correspondence included with the lawsuit.


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