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Cuomo, Time’s Up represented by identical legislation agency

Embattled New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Time’s Up, a charity that helps victims of sexual harassment, are represented by the identical legislation agency, Fox Information has discovered.

Cuomo and Time’s Up have each employed the legislation agency Arnold & Porter as authorized counsel, in keeping with monetary disclosures.

The Time’s Up Basis – the group’s “trade and influence arm,” in accordance to their web site – spent over $100,000 on authorized companies with the agency in 2019.

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Moreover, Time’s Up Now, Inc., the opposite arm of the group, paid $454,000 on authorized charges in keeping with its 2019 monetary disclosure type on high of the over $719,000 paid to the agency in 2018.

Cuomo employed Paul Fishman, a companion at Arnold & Porter, to signify him earlier this 12 months to deal with the sexual harassment investigation into governor. 

Since December, Cuomo has confronted a number of harassment allegations towards him by a number of ladies and simply this week, New York Lawyer Common Letitia James concluded her investigation, saying he sexually harassed 11 ladies, together with present and former state staff, from 2013 to 2020 in violation of state and federal legislation.

Time’s Up’s authorized protection co-founders CEO Tina Tchen and Roberta Kaplan got here underneath hearth this week after it was revealed that they’d labored with Cuomo’s workplace in drafting a letter that smeared considered one of his accusers, Lindsey Boylan, and “impugned her credibility,” New York Lawyer Common Leticia James stated in her bombshell report printed Tuesday.

Cuomo’s high aide, Melissa DeRosa, testified that the governor first drafted the letter by hand, although the governor denied having any reminiscence of writing it and solely stated he participated within the drafting course of.

In response to James, DeRosa testified that she had reservations concerning the letter and thought it might backfire, so Cuomo instructed her to hunt additional enter from Kaplan.

“In response to Ms. DeRosa, Ms. Kaplan learn the letter to the top of the advocacy group Occasions Up [Tchen], and each of them allegedly advised that, with out the statements about Ms. Boylan’s interactions with male colleagues, the letter was high quality,” James stated in her report. 

“Ms. DeRosa reported again to the Governor that Ms. Kaplan and the top of Occasions Up thought the letter was okay with some modifications, as did [Cuomo ally Steve] Cohen, however everybody else thought it was a nasty thought.”

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James’ report stated the letter was by no means made public after Cuomo’s crew didn’t persuade anybody to signal it.

Time’s Up didn’t present remark to Fox Information. Cuomo’s workplace didn’t reply to Fox Information’ request for remark concerning hiring the identical authorized counsel as Time’s Up.

Cuomo is now going through widespread, bipartisan calls to resign, together with from President Biden.

Fox Information’ Jessica Chasmar contributed to this report.

Houston Keene is a reporter for Fox Information Digital. Yow will discover him on Twitter at @HoustonKeene.

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