Time’s Up leader resigns over ties to governor Cuomo

Time's Up leader resigns over ties to governor
Roberta Kaplan was accused of being involved in efforts to discredit one of Andrew Cuomo's accusers. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Roberta Kaplan, a leader of gender equality group Time’s Up has resigned due to her alleged efforts to discredit a woman who accused Andrew Cuomo, New York Governor, of sexual harassment.

Last week, a report released last week alleged lawyer Roberta Kaplan reviewed a draft letter questioning the complainant’s character.

The same report found that Mr Cuomo, a Democrat, sexually harassed 11 women.

The 63-year-old governor denies any wrongdoing and has so far resisted calls to resign.

The report by New York’s Attorney General Letitia James’s office found that Mr Cuomo’s alleged behaviour against women had violated federal and state law.

The investigation involved interviews with almost 200 people and took months. Investigators interviewed staff members making complaints against him.

Time’s Up is a gender equality group that was founded during the #MeToo movement by Hollywood women to fight sexual harassment.

Ms Kaplan’s resignation as chair of the Time’s UP’s board of directors “is the right and appropriate thing to do”, it said in a statement.

The New York’s Attorney General’s report last week has found that Ms Kaplan had reviewed a draft of an unpublished op-ed letter that was aimed at attacking the character of Lindsey Boylan, a former aide to the New York Governor who was the first to publicly accuse him of sexual harassment.

In a letter submitting her resignation from the group, Ms Kaplan wrote: “Unfortunately, recent events have made it clear that even our apparent allies in the fight to advance women can turn out to be abusers.”

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