Andrew Cuomo accuser Lindsey Boylan wants Time’s Up CEO to quit

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s first accuser known as Thursday for the president of Time’s Up to quit — after the #MeToo group’s chief gave a groveling apology for serving to to defend the accused repeat sex-harasser.

Former aide Lindsey Boylan — who first tweeted in December final yr about Cuomo harassing her — shared a tweet from Time’s Up during which the group stated it was “seeking input from the survivor community” over the injury attributable to it serving to Cuomo discredit accusers.

“You can start by resigning, [Tina Tchen],” Boylan tweeted the group’s CEO and president, a former chief of workers for Michelle Obama.

“So too should any employees engaged in silencing & diminishing survivors. No trust can be built from this place,” Boylan wrote.

Time’s Up “should take a cold hard look at their benefactors and ask themselves if the real cost is worth the support,” Boylan added of the marketing campaign group arrange to assist intercourse accusers.

Boylan’s searing takedown got here within the wake of the sudden resignation of the group’s chairwoman.

Tina Tchen said she was "profoundly sorry" for her role in helping defend Cuomo.
Tina Tchen stated she was “profoundly sorry” for her function in serving to defend Gov. Cuomo.
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Prominent US legal professional Roberta Kaplan, who additionally co-founded the Times’ Up Legal Defense Fund, stepped down Monday amid criticism of her alleged efforts to assist the disgraced governor discredit Boylan.

The progressive legal professional was referenced in Attorney General Letitia James’ damning report launched final week that accused Cuomo of sexually harassing 11 girls.

Investigators discovered that Kaplan had reviewed a draft op-ed letter that attacked Boylan, who was the primary lady to publicly accuse Cuomo of sexual harassment, in accordance to the New York Times. The letter was by no means revealed.

Kaplan’s regulation agency additionally represented Cuomo’s high aide Melissa DeRosa through the investigation.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo
Lindsey Boylan was the primary particular person to accuse Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment.
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On Wednesday, Tchen issued a public apology, during which she stated she said she was “profoundly sorry” for her group’s work in downplaying the outgoing governor’s accusers, moderately than its anticipated function in supporting such girls.

“To the survivors in our organization, the @TIMESUPNOW network, and throughout our community — I am sorry,” Tchen wrote on Twitter.

“The last thing I want any of my actions to do is to cause added pain or harm to survivors. I know that some of my actions have done just that,” she admitted.

“I also know that the news & events of the past week hurt, triggered, & disappointed many of you. For that I am profoundly sorry,” she wrote.

AG Letitia James' report not only revealed Gov. Cuomo's sexual harassment, but also the help he received from Time's Up.
AG Letitia James’ report not solely revealed Gov. Cuomo’s sexual harassment, but additionally the assistance he acquired from Time’s Up.
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The former govt director of President Obama’s council on girls and ladies stated her girls’s rights activist group labored with Cuomo’s workplace in 2019 on “legislation that has enacted major improvements in the state laws on sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual abuse.”

She stated that when Kaplan advised her about “actions in Cuomo’s office,” she “responded believing that, as they had been in the past, his office was interested in doing the right thing for women.”

“The facts revealed in the AG’s findings — that the letter was drafted by Cuomo as part of an ongoing effort to undermine the survivors — were unknown to me until the investigation’s report was released,” she insisted.

“I might by no means take part in or condone, in any approach, such an assault or technique. But that by no means excuses my oversight and errors in failing to defend survivors and our work.

“For that, again, I am profoundly sorry,” she wrote.

Asking for suggestions, the Time’s Up boss then insisted the group wants to “move into a chapter where we both fight for accountability externally & model it internally, and where we are moving in lockstep with our partners & allied communities.”

Boylan this week confirmed she plans to sue Cuomo and his enablers, saying the governor has continued “gaslighting and revictimizing” girls.

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