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Time’s Up president apologizes for backing Cuomo however declines to resign, claiming ‘we have been used as cowl’

Time’s Up president and CEO Tina Tchen apologized for her previous assist of outgoing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, however in contrast to the disgraced Democrat she is not going to be resigning from her publish.

In a prolonged message posted on the group’s web site, Tchen mentioned she was “sorry” after the New York lawyer common’s report on Cuomo’s alleged sexual harassment confirmed that Tchen’s Time’s Up co-founder Roberta Kaplan helped Cuomo’s workplace draft a letter that referred to as into query the allegations and credibility of Lindsey Boylan, the primary lady to publicly accuse Cuomo of harassment. The report mentioned that, in response to Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa, Kaplan learn the letter to Tchen and each girls authorised a modified model of it.

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“The information revealed within the Lawyer Normal’s findings — that the letter was drafted by Cuomo as a part of an ongoing effort to undermine the survivors — have been utterly unknown to me till the investigation’s report was launched,” Tchen wrote. “I might by no means take part in or condone, in any manner, such an assault or technique.”

“I consider we have been used as cowl for heinous actions happening behind the scenes and, extra lately, getting used to distract and deform the precise authorized and ethical violations that occurred,” she continued. “However that under no circumstances excuses my oversight and errors in failing to guard survivors and our work, and I acknowledge that related situations could have performed out previously that I didn’t see for what they have been.”

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Kaplan resigned from her position with the group following the report’s revelation, and now Boylan is looking for Tchen to do the identical. In a tweet responding to Tchen’s publish, which referred to as on supporters to let Time’s Up know the way they will do higher, Boylan bluntly supplied her personal suggestion.

“You can begin by resigning, @TinaTchen. So too ought to any workers engaged in silencing & diminishing survivors,” she mentioned. Whereas Tchen vowed to place within the work wanted to regain folks’s belief, Boylan asserted that “[n]o belief may be constructed from this place.”

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