Campaigner resigns over ties with Governor Cuomo

The leader of gender equality group Time’s Up has handed her resignation due to her alleged efforts to discredit a woman who accused New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment.

A report released last week alleged lawyer Roberta Kaplan reviewed a draft letter questioning the complaint’s character.

The same report found that Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women.

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

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

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

Time’s Up was founded during the #MeToo movement by Hollywood women to fight sexual harassment.

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

Last week a report found that Kaplan had reviewed a draft of an unpublished op-ed letter that was aimed at attacking the character of Lindsey Boylan, a former aide to Cuomo who was the first to publicly accuse him of sexual harassment.

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

“We have felt the raw, personal and profound pain of that betrayal.”

Her resignation came after Time’s Up supporters wrote an open letter on Monday calling for an investigation, stating that the group’s leaders “align themselves with abusers at the expense of survivors”.

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