In a case of peak irony, Time's Up, a group started by the Hollywood elite in order to combat sexual abuse and harassment of women and tied closely to #Metoo, now finds itself facing its own sex abuse scandal.
"Almost as if it wasn't ever really about any of that," said Spectator's Stephen Miller on Twitter.
"Time's Up, founded to combat sexual harassment in the wake of #MeToo, has spent the last week grappling with its own reckoning. A $45 million lawsuit has accused one of its top members, Esther Choo, of failing to report sexual abuse."
Dr. Esther Choo is indeed one of the organization's top members, and she is at the center of all the controversy. She has been accused of attempting to silence a woman who wanted to report sexually inappropriate behavior in the workplace.
As of this writing, all of the other brass at Time's Up are firmly standing with Dr. Choo. On the other side of the issue, no less than 18 people have resigned from the organization in protest during the past week.
The matter has now become official, as Dr. Choo has been accused formally under Title IX of failing to report an incident told to her by a co-worker in March of 2020.
The actual defendant in the case is another colleague, Dr. Jason Campbell, also known as the "TikTok Doc" for his TikTok videos of him dancing. The alleged incident occurred at Oregon Health and Science University, where Choo, Campbell and the accuser all work.
Roberta Kaplan, a recognized lawyer specializing in women's rights and the chairperson of Time's Up, has agreed to represent Dr. Choo, who also sits on the board.
Tina Tchen, the president and CEO of Time's Up, also doubled down in defending Dr. Choo by releasing the following statement:
"Perhaps the easy thing to do when difficult cases arise is to walk away from anyone who has had anything to do with a troubled institution or a difficult set of facts.
"But to do so is to walk away from the very people inside troubled institutions who are doing the hard work of confronting power, even in complicated and challenging situations. It will ultimately weaken our movement's ability to realize the change we seek."
"We cannot let women bear the brunt of [Dr. Campbell's] wrongdoing. He is the perpetrator and the abuser."
Monica McLemore, a founding member of Time's Up, had this to say:
"Tina's statement was trash."
"I am so frustrated by the fact that it is indicative of the larger problem I was trying to illuminate."
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