The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has fired Alphonso David as its president on Sept. 6 for his alleged role in former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s response to sexual harassment allegations.
HRC, the largest LGBTQ+ advocacy group in the United States, said in a statement, that David’s involvement in the Cuomo scandal “have put us in an untenable position by violating HRC’s core values, policies, and mission.”
“Additionally, this conduct has created damage to Mr. David’s reputation significant enough to impair his ability to effectively serve as the public face and voice of HRC,” the group further said, describing it as “a painful moment in our movement.”
An investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James, which alleged that Cuomo committed sexual harassment to multiple women, found that David advised Cuomo on how to respond to the allegations, including sharing accuser Lindsey Boylan’s personal file to Cuomo’s staff and helping to develop a plan to discredit another accuser.
However, David accused HRC of “bullying and a cloak and dagger process,” saying that HRC has never shown him a copy of an independent review into his actions relating to the Cuomo scandal.
David said on Twitter that HRC “unjustly provided notice of termination to me in order to end my fight for the integrity of the review process and for what is right.”
“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,” David further said.
HRC initially asked David to resign, but when he refused, the group moved to terminate him.
HRC Chief Operating Officer Joni Madison will serve as the interim president while the group’s board searches for a new leader.
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