The Human Rights Campaign announced late Monday that Alphonso David was being replaced as president following an investigation into his work in helping former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) respond to sexual harassment allegations.
Why it matters: The HRC is the largest LGBTQ advocacy group in the U.S. and David was its first Black president. The HRC said its boards voted to remove him from the role “effective immediately, for violations of his contract with the Human Rights Campaign,” the New York Times first reported.
Statement from Morgan Cox and Jodie Patterson, Human Rights Campaign and Foundation Board Chairs pic.twitter.com/mxUGEFSstn
— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) September 7, 2021
David’s ouster came after the HRC hired an independent law firm to investigate him in response to a report from investigators appointed by New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office implicating him in allegations that Cuomo tried to discredit his accusers.
Driving the news: David served as Cuomo’s chief counsel before joining the HRC.
The N.Y. attorney general’s office report found that David sent one of Cuomo’s accusers’ confidential personnel files to an adviser for the then-governor. Some of these details were released to reporters after the accuser made her allegations public, according to the report.David said earlier this month that he was legally obligated to share those details as part of his role.
Of note: David called on Cuomo to step down after the report was made public.
What he’s saying: David could not be immediately reached for comment. But he posted a statement to Twitter earlier Monday saying the HRC board executives should release the findings of its investigation.
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