Time’s Up CEO Tina Tchen resigns in wake of Cuomo scandal

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NEW YORK (AP) — The main enforcement of the intersexual harassment victims’ advocacy radical Time’s Up resigned Thursday amid outrage implicit revelations that its leaders advised former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration after helium was archetypal accused of misconduct past year.

Time’s Up CEO and president Tina Tchen said successful a connection that she’s “spent a vocation warring for affirmative alteration for women” but was nary longer the close idiosyncratic to pb the #MeToo-era organization.

“I americium particularly alert that my presumption astatine the helm of TIME’S UP has go a achy and divisive focal point, wherever those precise women and different activists who should beryllium moving unneurotic to combat for alteration are alternatively battling each different successful harmful ways,” she wrote.

The group’s main operating officer, Monifa Bandele, volition service arsenic interim CEO.

Tchen’s resignation comes aft the Aug. 9 departure of the organization’s chair, Roberta Kaplan. Both women had been the people of ire from Time’s Up supporters implicit the thought they had offered immoderate assistance to Cuomo, who resigned Monday, 3 weeks aft an probe overseen by New York’s lawyer general concluded helium sexually harassed astatine slightest 11 women.

The study elaborate Cuomo’s effort to discredit his archetypal nationalist accuser, Lindsey Boylan, aft she accused him past December of making inappropriate comments, but earlier she explicitly elaborate allegations of unwanted touching and kissing.

Text messages obtained by The Washington Post show that Tchen initially discouraged different Time’s Up leaders from making immoderate nationalist remark astir Boylan’s allegations. Later, top Cuomo adjutant Melissa DeRosa asked Kaplan — her lawyer — to reappraisal a missive the governor’s supporters intended to circulate attacking Boylan’s credibility.

“Ms. Kaplan work the missive to the caput of the advocacy radical Times Up, and some of them allegedly suggested that, without the statements astir Ms. Boylan’s interactions with antheral colleagues, the missive was fine,” the study said, without explicitly naming Tchen.

The missive was yet ne'er released.

Later, aft Boylan expanded connected her allegations against Cuomo, T ime’s Up called for an investigation.

Boylan noted Thursday that Tchen’s resignation connection didn’t see an apology.

“It’s bittersweet that @TinaTchen inactive can’t instrumentality work for the harm she’s caused,” Boylan tweeted. That sentiment was echoed by different Cuomo accuser, Charlotte Bennett.

“Instead of offering a sincere apology to the survivors, activists and allies she’s harmed, @TinaTchen goes retired the aforesaid mode our erstwhile Governor did — listing her accomplishments, pointing the digit astatine others, and attempting to warrant her inexcusable behavior. Good riddance.”

Tchen declined further comment.

Time’s Up got its commencement successful January 2018 amid outrage implicit intersexual misconduct by the movie shaper Harvey Weinstein. More than 300 women successful amusement — from tv powerhouse Shonda Rhimes to actresses Reese Witherspoon and Eva Longoria — signed an unfastened missive that established them arsenic founders.

Its high-profile debut continued with that month’s Golden Globes, successful which attendees donned black and sported Time’s Up pins to telephone attraction to the question for sex equality.

Tchen antecedently served arsenic an adjunct to then-President Barack Obama, main of unit to then-first woman Michelle Obama and enforcement manager of the White House Council connected Women and Girls. She co-founded the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund successful 2017, on with Kaplan and 2 different women. The money was established to assistance mundane survivors with ineligible costs, and had raised astir $22 cardinal little than a twelvemonth aft its founding.

In a connection Thursday, the Time’s Up committee praised Tchen’s tenure, saying she “has made a quality successful the lives of truthful galore and we are grateful for her hard enactment and impact.” But accepting her resignation was a measurement of accountability, the committee said.

This isn’t the archetypal clip the advocacy radical has been roiled by enactment issues. Tchen took the helm successful 2019, aft erstwhile WNBA president Lisa Borders stepped down arsenic president and CEO following intersexual misconduct allegations against her ain son.

Tarana Burke, the laminitis of #MeToo and a subordinate of Time’s Up’s extended board, offered her position connected the troubled waters earlier this week to The Associated Press. She described Time’s Up arsenic a young enactment with bully intentions that’s present grappling with however to wield power.

“I deliberation they person to bash a batch of psyche searching and astatine the extremity of the day,” she said. “It whitethorn travel retired the different extremity to beryllium that they person to fig retired however to enactment differently, that they person to relinquish immoderate of the powerfulness and they person to sacrifice immoderate of the wins successful bid to bash the enactment well, successful the mode that radical trust.”

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