人权运动因总统如何帮助库默报复指控者而终止总统职务

The Human Rights Campaign has terminated its president Alphonso David following an investigation last month over his actions while assisting former New York Gov. 安德鲁·库莫(Andrew Cuomo) who was responding to an allegation of sexual harassment, according to a statement from the HRC.

In a response 在社交媒体上, David said the termination was unjust. “As a Black, gay man who has spent his whole life fighting for civil and human rights, they cannot shut me up. Expect a legal challenge,” 他写了.
The dispute followed the resignation last month of the three-term governor following an investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James. In its aftermath, attention was focused on allies who helped shape Cuomo’s response to the allegations, which ​included alleged instances of retaliation against at least one accuser.
    James released her report on August 3, concluding that Cuomosexually harassed multiple women and violated state law.
      库莫 announced his resignation 在八月 10. He denied the sexual harassment allegations, saying he never touched anyone inappropriately but acknowledged that some of his behavior made others uncomfortable.
        In her report, James noted David, who was then a counsel to the governor, had met Lindsey Boylanwho was the first person to publicly accuse Cuomo of sexually harassing behaviorduring a counseling session in 2018, to discuss a conflict with another person in the Empire State Development Corp.
        During her career with the administration, Boylan was chief of staff to the CEO of the ESD before she became Cuomo’s deputy secretary for economic development and special advisor.
          Some of the confidential internal memos and documentscreated by David and his team for and after a meeting with Boylanwere released by senior Cuomo staff members to reporters following her first allegation of sexual harassment against Cuomo, 报告说.
          David has said that he had an obligation as a lawyer to share his memo with Cuomo’s advisers, 纽约时报 已报告.
          此外, 根据报告, David was consultedalong with other supporters — 通过 Cuomo’s top aide Melissa DeRosa on the draft of a letter or op-ed thatdenied the legitimacy of Ms. Boylan’s allegations, impugned her credibility, and attacked her claims as politically motivated.
          大卫, 根据报告, thought the op-ed was a bad idea. When asked by DeRosa whether he would sign a version of the letter, “David testified that he told Ms. DeRosa that he was not signing the letter but was willing to reach out to others to see if they would sign it,” 报告说.
          On the day Jamesreport landed, 大卫 在推特上 called on Cuomo to step down.
          And on August 9, he tweeted a statement endorsing the HRC’s investigation into the report. He said that he had no knowledge of the misconduct outlined in the report, that he was not involved in the public dissemination of the memo about Boylan and that he had refused to sign a letter about her.
          星期日, he tweeted about the investigation, saying he was told by two chairs of the HRC board and their representatives thatthere is no indication of wrongdoing on my part,” but that they wanted him to consider resigning because the incident had become adistractionto the organization.
          David added that he had the support of too many employees, board members and stakeholdersto walk away quietly into the night.

          ‘Significant untruths’ 被指称

          According to the HRC’s statement late Monday, the board-led investigation led to a vote to terminate Davidfor cause, 立即生效, for violations of his contract with the Human Rights Campaign.
          The vote was unanimous from the HRC campaign board, while there were two abstentions to the vote within the HRC’s foundation board, according to a source familiar with the investigation. Nobody voted against the termination, 消息人士说.
          The organization said David released statements ​on Sunday and Monday thatincluded significant untruths ​about the investigation and his status within the organization.
          An email shared with CNN that the board sent to staff addressed David’ssignificant untruths.
          It said thatAlphonso’s public statements and email to HRC’s staff yesterday and today contained a number of false and misleading statements about the investigation and his status within the organization that need correcting. At no time did wethe board chairstell him that there was no indication of wrongdoing, nor did we tell him we wanted this handled ‘quietly.This decision was made by the full boards of both HRC and HRC Foundation because of Alphonso’s own actions in support of Governor Cuomo. He alone bears responsibility for what he did and the consequences.
          In his response on Twitter, David said that while he sought truth and transparency, 的 “HRC board co-chairs who should stand for human rights elected to hide in darkness.
          He added they had unjustly provided notice of termination to mein order to end my fight for the integrity of the review process and for what is right. I asked for the report, they refused. They lied about producing the report. Now that they are being called to task, they tried to shut me up.
            上个月, Time’s Up CEO Tina Tchen announced she was resigning from her position at the women’s rights organization amid backlash over its connection to the scandal.
            Tchen’s resignation came a day after The Washington Post reported that she had texted colleagues tostand downfrom a plan to release a statement in support of Boylan.

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