Second girl accuses Ahmet Ertegun of sexual assault

A second girl, Dorothy Carvello, has sued the property of Ahmet Ertegun, the late co-founder and longtime chief government of Atlantic Data, alleging he sexually assaulted her whereas she was employed by the label from 1987 to 1990.

Carvello filed a lawsuit Monday in New York state courtroom towards Ertegun‘s estate and Atlantic Records, which is owned by Warner Music Group, for battery, forcible touching, sexual abuse, criminal and civil conspiracy and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

The suit, which called Atlantic studios and offices “places to indulge their sexual desires,” also named Doug Morris and Jason Flom, former label executives at Atlantic and elsewhere, as defendants. It accuses each of either taking part in, or permitting, Ertegun’s alleged assaults. Carvello seeks financial damages that might be set throughout a trial.

Ertegun died in 2006 at age 83, and Morris and Flom are nonetheless alive.

The lawsuit comes one week after a former music supervisor, Jan Roeg, sued Ertegun’s property and Atlantic and alleged an analogous sample of sexual assault by the late government and accused the label of fostering a poisonous work tradition and overlaying up the abuse.

Each girls filed the lawsuit underneath New York’s Grownup Survivors Act, which was signed into regulation earlier this yr and went into impact Nov. 24. The brand new regulation provides survivors of sexual assault one yr to sue their abusers, even when the statute of limitations has expired.

A consultant for Flom didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. Morris couldn’t be reached Tuesday night.

Warner Music Group didn’t instantly reply to touch upon Tuesday both, however the firm beforehand issued a press release responding to Roeg’s allegations.

“These allegations date back nearly 40 years, to before WMG was a standalone company. We are speaking with people who were there at the time, taking into consideration that many key individuals are deceased or into their 80s and 90s,” it learn. “To ensure a safe, equitable, and inclusive working environment, we have a comprehensive Code of Conduct, and mandatory workplace training, to which all of our employees must adhere. We regularly evaluate how we can evolve our policies to ensure our work environment is free from discrimination and harassment.”

In 1988, Carvello grew to become the label’s first feminine head of its artists-and-repertoire division since its founding in 1947. She introduced prime expertise to Atlantic, together with the rock band Skid Row.

Nevertheless, Carvello’s first job on the firm was as Ertegun’s assistant, beginning in 1987. Throughout her time as assistant, Ertegun recurrently grabbed her breasts and uncovered himself to her and masturbated in entrance of her whereas dictating correspondence to her, the lawsuit alleges.

In 1988, Carvello, Ertegun and Flom traveled collectively to a bar to look at Skid Row carry out in an effort to signal the band. Whereas ready for the efficiency to begin, Ertegun allegedly grabbed beneath Carvello’s skirt, knocking down her underwear and uncovered and grabbed her genital space, inflicting her ache, based on the lawsuit. The 2 struggled in entrance of Flom, who didn’t intervene, the go well with stated. Carvello left with bloody scratches on her stomach.

Ertegun made additional undesirable sexual advances towards Carvello later throughout the journey, courtroom paperwork stated.

The lawsuit additionally alleges a separate incident by which Ertegun slammed Carvello’s arm down on a desk, fracturing it.

A number of weeks after the incident, Skid Row signed with Atlantic and Carvello was promoted as an A&R government.

In September 1990, Flom allegedly ordered Carvello to take a seat on his lap throughout a piece assembly in entrance of different executives, the go well with stated. She refused and wrote a memo to Morris, who was her direct supervisor on the time, elevating alarms concerning the poisonous work tradition on the label. Morris responded by firing Carvello, since she “questioned his authority,” the go well with alleges.

Carvello leveled variations of those allegations towards Ertegun in “Anything for a Hit,” her 2017 tell-all e book about her experiences within the music trade.

Morris went on to turn out to be chief government of Common Music Group from the Nineteen Nineties till 2010, then headed Sony Music Leisure in till 2017. He’s now chairman of 12Tone Music Group, which Warner Music Group acquired final yr.

Flom grew to become chair and chief government of Atlantic in 2004, and held that place till he left the next yr to fill the identical function at Virgin Data. He based and heads Lava Data, whose roster consists of Lorde, Jessie J and Greta Van Fleet.

Ertegun, who additionally based the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame in 1983, remained chairman of Atlantic Data till his dying from a head damage ensuing from a fall backstage at a Rolling Stones live performance.