Time’s Up Chairwoman Roberta Kaplan Resigns After Reportedly Aiding Gov. Cuomo on Sexual Harassment Allegations

Roberta Kaplan poses for a photo in Atherton Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. AP PHOTO/D. ROSS CAMERON

Time’s Up Chairwoman Roberta Kaplan resigned Monday after a report from the New York attorney general said she counseled Gov. Andrew Cuomo when a former adviser accused him of sexual harassment last year.

The organization, which fights for gender equality and advocates on behalf of sexual abuse victims, announced her resignation in a statement Monday.

“We’ve worked to hold power accountable in board rooms, in the halls of government, and in organizations big and small, and we have felt uniquely capable of doing so because many of us have worked in those very institutions,” the organization said. “Yet, we recognize that this work has sometimes resulted in a lack of trust from the broader survivor community we serve and to which we also belong. We are looking within.”

The group added: “Robbie Kaplan, board co-chair, has stepped down from the board. We and she agree that is the right and appropriate thing to do.”

In her resignation letter, first reported by The New York Times, Kaplan said she could not openly discuss details about her involvement with Cuomo as a practicing lawyer.

“I therefore have reluctantly come to the conclusion that an active litigation practice is no longer compatible with serving on the Board at Times Up at this time and I hereby resign,” she wrote.

Kaplan did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Wilson Wong and Diana Dasrath