The president of Human Rights Campaign, the country’s largest LGBTQ advocacy organization, was fired Monday after a report found he tried to help discredit an accuser of former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the group said.
Alphonso David was fired effective immediately after an internal investigation was completed and the group’s boards of directors voted to remove him, Human Rights Campaign Chairs Morgan Cox and Jodie Patterson said in a joint statement
David’s apparent role working with Cuomo was revealed in a report this year in which New York Attorney General Letitia James accused David of being involved in efforts to “disparage” a former employee who had accused Cuomo of “pervasive harassment.”
David, who was Cuomo’s chief counsel from 2015 to 2019, responded Monday with a statement saying the group’s board had “unjustly” provided notice of termination and vowed to bring a legal challenge.
According to a bombshell attorney general’s report, Gov. Andrew Cuomo turned to members of his inner circle to help cover up allegations of sexual harassment. Jonathan Dienst reports.