Roberta Kaplan, the chair of the board of directors of Time’s Up, resigned on Monday amid the fallout over her role in offering advice to Andrew Cuomo’s administration as the New York governor faced multiple sexual harassment allegations.
In a letter to attorney Nina Shaw, the vice chair of the organization’s board of directors, Kaplan wrote that “recent events have made it clear that even apparent allies in our fight to advance women can turn out to be abusers.” The New York Times obtained a copy of Kaplan’s resignation letter here.
In recent days, Time’s Up has faced some criticism over Kaplan’s role in advising Cuomo’s administration. A state Attorney General report, detailing the allegations from 11 women against Cuomo, revealed that Kaplan reviewed a draft letter that would have attacked one of the accusers, Lindsey Boylan. The letter was not published, but Kaplan has continued to represent Melissa DeRosa, one of Cuomo’s aides, who resigned on Sunday.
Time’s Up was founded after several prominent women came forward to detail sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Kaplan also was cofounder of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund.