NEW YORK • The #MeToo motion lastly got here to music within the aftermath of the Grammy Awards.
Since the event on Sunday, high-ranking document government Charlie Walk was accused of sexual misconduct and a coalition of feminine music executives has referred to as for Recording Academy president Neil Portnow to resign over feedback he made after the awards.
On Monday, a weblog submit accused Mr Walk, president of the Republic Group, of persistent harassment.
The submit was written by Ms Tristan Coopersmith, who referred to occasions in 2004 or 2005, when she labored with him at Columbia Records. In her submit, she mentioned she had been paid a settlement and had left the leisure trade.
Mr Walk has denied the accusations. But Universal Music Group, Republic’s dad or mum company, has positioned him on depart and employed a regulation agency to conduct a evaluate.
At the Grammys – the place just one girl, Alessia Cara, accepted a solo award, Best New Artist, onstage – Mr Portnow mentioned ladies in music wanted to “step up” to advance their careers.
His remark drew rebukes from artists resembling Pink and Kelly Clarkson and, on Thursday, 21 feminine executives referred to as for him to resign.
“We step up every single day and have been doing so for a long time,” they mentioned in a joint letter. “The fact that you don’t realise this means it’s time for you to step down.”
Before the letter was launched, the Recording Academy mentioned it’s establishing an impartial job drive “to overcome the explicit barriers and unconscious biases that impede female advancement in the music community”.