The Human Rights Campaign announced on Monday that it was launching an internal investigation into the organization’s director Alphonso David and his inclusion in the attorney general’s report in connection with the Andrew Cuomo sexual harassment case, the organization reported. Associated Press.
“Over the past few days, HRC employees, supporters, board members and partners have raised questions about the relevance of Alphonso David’s actions and their alignment with HRC’s long-standing mission to strive for equality and justice for all, ”the HRC said in a statement.
David, a former legal adviser to the governor, was consulted by the Cuomo administration when he was first accused of harassment by Lindsey Boylan, a former economic development adviser.
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At the time, Boylan was the only one to accuse Cuomo of misconduct, and the governor and his administration had drafted a letter attacking his credibility and motivations, with the aim of publicizing it. Time’s Up executive Roberta Kaplan and David both agreed to review the letter.
A report from the New York attorney general, released last week, said Kaplan told the administration that with some tweaking it would be good to send it out. David refused to sign the letter, but agreed to contact other people to see if they would.
Kaplan resigned on Monday due to fallout from his job as an advisor to Cuomo’s administration when the first allegations of sexual harassment were brought against him last year.
Kaplan cited her advisory work to the administration last winter and her more recent legal work representing Melissa DeRosa, one of Cuomo’s top collaborators who resigned Sunday, nearly a week after a report from the State attorney general found that the governor sexually harassed 11 women.
“So I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that an active law firm is no longer compatible with serving on the Board of Directors of Time’s Up at this time and I am hereby resigning,” Kaplan wrote. in his resignation letter, according to the New York Times.
Messages were sent to Kaplan asking him to comment on his resignation.
Kaplan was Chair of the Board of Directors of Time’s Up and Co-Founder of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which helps women who experience sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace.
Other advisers, however, said it was a bad idea and the letter was never widely distributed.
Kaplan and Tina Tchen founded the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in 2018 to provide legal defense to victims of sexual violence.
She successfully represented marriage equality pioneer Edith Windsor before the United States Supreme Court in 2013, winning the case that struck down laws against same-sex marriage across the United States. She then published a book on the case titled “Then Comes Marriage”.
Kaplan also represents writer E. Jean Carroll, who filed a defamation lawsuit against Donald Trump in 2019 over his claim that the former president raped her in a department store dressing room in the 1990s. .
Kaplan is an Assistant Professor at Columbia University Law School and was a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison before setting up her own firm in 2017.