Former Atlantic Records talent scout says bosses sexually assaulted her: suit

A former Atlantic Records talent scout filed a lawsuit Monday, alleging the music label fostered a toxic environment that allowed their bosses to allegedly sexually harass and assault them decades ago.

Dorothy Carvello’s lawsuit in Manhattan Superior Court also names parent company Warner Music Group and three former Atlantic executives whom she alleges assaulted on multiple occasions while she worked there in the late 1980s.

“I’m looking for justice and if I speak up I think it will help clean up the music business,” Carvello, 60, told the Post in an interview on Sunday.

Carvello, who according to her suit was Atlantic’s first female A&R talent scout, began working at the record label in April 1987 at the age of 24.

The lawsuit alleges that Atlantic co-founder Ahmet Ertegun, who died in 2006 at the age of 83, allegedly frequently groped Carvello and masturbated in front of her.

“It was also very common that when Ms. Carvello was near Mr. Ertegun in his office, she would grab her [Carvello] between her legs and feel her breasts,” the file says.

“Mr. Ertegun regularly masturbated in Ms. Carvello’s presence, often while she dictated correspondence to her while taking notes.”

The suit details a harrowing alleged incident in which Ertegun “Ms. Carvello grabbed and squeezed her breasts, clawed at the cycling shorts she wore under her skirt and pulled her down to access her underwear, scratched the left side of her abdomen and made her bleed, tried to forcefully remove her underwear, hurt her and exposed her vagina to anyone and everyone.”

Carvello tried to fend off Ertegun and also asked then-CEO Jason Flom and others for help during the attacks, “but they just watched and laughed,” the suit claims.

The alleged abuse took place when Carvello worked at Atlantic between 1987 and 1990. She was promoted to Atlantic’s A&R – or Artists and Repertoire – department in 1988.

The former music industry worker was able to bring the case under New York’s recently enacted Adult Survivors Act, which allows adult victims of sexual abuse to file suit for one year – regardless of whether the alleged incidents occurred outside the statute of limitations.

Carvello worked with the likes of White Lion and Aerosmith during her stint as an A&R rep.

Carvello worked for Atlantic from 1987 to 1990.

Ahmet Ertegun attends Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary celebrations in New York City circa 1988

The lawsuit against Ertegun and others is under the New York Adult Survivors Act.

Dorothy Carvello, author of Anything For A Hit.

The former A&R rep claimed she was once attacked by Ertegun so badly that she bled.

“I’m committed to cleaning up the music business by making it a safe environment — for all employees — men and women,” Carvello told The Post. “Especially female artists associated with these labels that they feel comfortable in the recording studios and have a forum to speak out without retaliation.”

Carvello’s attorney Camille Vasquez of Brown Rudnick told the Post it was an “honour” to represent her.

“I am so grateful to the state of New York for passing this law and allowing survivors like Dorothy to seek justice against their abusers,” Vasquez said.

Warner Music Group, Atlantic Records, Ertegun’s estate, Flom and the third-named former manager, Doug Morris, did not respond to requests for comment from The Post on Monday. Former Atlantic Records talent scout says bosses sexually assaulted her: suit


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