#MeToo Lawyer Roberta Kaplan Resigns From Time’s Up Over Role In Smear Campaign Against Governor Cuomo Accuser

#MeToo movement is officially dead after the smearing of a female sexual harassment accuser

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Roberta Kaplan, co-founder of the Time’s Up legal defense fund, has resigned from the MeToo organization after she was named in the New York state attorney general’s report as having consulted on an op-ed about one of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s accusers.

According to The New York Times, Kaplan submitted her resignation to Time’s Up, where she serves as chairwoman, on Monday — the same day a previously unnamed executive assistant to Cuomo came forward for an interview with “CBS This Morning” and accused the governor of seeking “personal sexual satisfaction” through his hugs with her.

Kaplan reportedly wrote that she couldn’t answer questions as to why or how she was involved in Cuomo’s scandal because of her status as an attorney. Amidst the investigation, Kaplan served as an attorney to Melissa DeRosa, the governor’s top aide, who resigned on Sunday.

“I therefore have reluctantly come to the conclusion that an active law practice is no longer compatible with serving on the Board at Time’s Up at this time and I hereby resign,” wrote Kaplan in a resignation letter, according to the Times.

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