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Time's Up CEO Resigns After Cuomo Scandal

Tina Tchen had resisted calls to step down for weeks
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 27, 2021 2:59 AM CDT
Time's Up CEO Resigns After Cuomo Scandal
In this June 23, 2014 photo Tina Tchen speaks at the White House Summit on Working Families in Washington.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

(Newser) – Time's Up CEO and president Tina Tchen resigned Thursday in the wake of revelations that leaders of the sexual harassment victims’ advocacy group advised former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration after he was accused of sexual misconduct. In a statement posted to Twitter, Tchen—the former chief of staff to Michelle Obama—said she's “spent a career fighting for positive change for women" but she wasn't the right person to lead the #MeToo-era organization at this time, the AP reports.

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"I am especially aware that my position at the helm of TIME'S UP has become a painful and divisive focal point, where those very women and other activists who should be working together to fight for change are instead battling each other in harmful ways," she wrote. Tchen's resignation comes on the heels of the departure of Roberta Kaplan, who stepped down as the chair of the board of directors Aug. 9. An independent investigation overseen by New York's attorney general culminated in a report that concluded Cuomo sexually harassed at least 11 women.

The report said top Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa sent a letter that sought to discredit his first public accuser, Lindsey Boylan, to Kaplan for review. "Ms. Kaplan read the letter to the head of the advocacy group Times Up, and both of them allegedly suggested that, without the statements about Ms. Boylan’s interactions with male colleagues, the letter was fine," the report said, without explicitly naming Tchen. She had resisted calls for her ouster for weeks, but said Thursday it was time for her to "resign and continue to work for change in other ways.” (Read more Time's Up stories.)

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