Alphonso David Fired as Human Rights Campaign President Over Cuomo Ties

Mr. David, who previously worked as a lawyer for former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was identified in a report as having advised Mr. Cuomo on how to handle sex harassment allegations.,


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Alphonso David, the president of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest L.G.B.T.Q. advocacy organization, was ousted by the group’s board on Monday night after a report revealing that he had advised former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on how to handle sex harassment allegations shook the organization.

Mr. David, the group’s first Black president, was terminated “for cause,” in a vote that followed a joint meeting of the boards of the Human Rights Campaign and its affiliated foundation. In a statement, the co-chairs of the board, Morgan Cox and Jodie Patterson, said they had decided to end Mr. David’s role “effective immediately, for violations of his contract with the Human Rights Campaign.”

They added: “Yesterday and today, Mr. David released a statement that included significant untruths about the investigation and his status with the organization. At H.R.C., we are fighting to bring full equality and liberation to L.G.B.T.Q.+ people everywhere. That includes fighting on behalf of all victims of sexual harassment and assault.”

Mr. David did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Mr. David’s removal is the latest fallout from the report by Letitia James, New York’s attorney general, describing allegations of sexual harassment by Mr. Cuomo, and efforts by his aides to retaliate against the former governor’s accusers. Mr. Cuomo resigned in August after the report outlined 11 allegations, as well as the attempts by his advisers to smear one of the victims, and described a toxic work environment.

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