United States

Human Rights Campaign President fired for advising alleged harasser Cuomo

14:34, 07 September 2021
Human Rights Campaign President fired for advising alleged harasser Cuomo Photo: Mateusz Slodkowski/ZUMAPRESS.com

Cuomo’s former lawyer Alphonso David has been reported as advising the former how to deal with sexual abuse accusations.

The President of the biggest LGBTQ+ advocacy group in the US Human Rights Campaign was fired on Monday after an appearance of a report, released by the NY Attorney General, saying that HRC’s Head Alphonso David had instructed former NY Governor Andrew Cuomo in handling harassment allegations.

The decision was declared by Morgan Cox and Jodie Patterson, HRC’s co-chairs.

"At HRC, we are fighting to bring full equality and liberation to LGBTQ+ People everywhere. That includes fighting on behalf of all victims of sexual harassment and assault," the organization said in a statement.

David was accused of failing to comply with the HRC’s principles and mission and presenting lies about Cuomo’s probe and his participation.

The ex-President responded that he was dismissed unjustly.

"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 announced on Twitter.

Alphonso David, the first black president of the HRC, used to work under Cuomo as a lawyer for nine years. He is reported to exercise pressure on the first Cuomo’s accuser Lindsey Boylan.

The information was revealed at New York State attorney general Letitia James’s report. Overall 11 victims leveled accusations of alleged sexual harassment and a toxic working environment against Andrew Cuomo.

He resigned in August, leaving the position to Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. However, Cuomo did not accept he had done criminal acts.