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What does the end of time mean for the future of the #MeToo movement?

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal in the 2017 fall, some of the most powerful women in Hollywood have banded together to form Time’s Up, a nonprofit organization that supports victims of sexual harassment and amplifies the voices of female actors, writers and filmmakers across the industry. It published a powerful open letter in the New York Times on Jan. 1 15, sponsored by 15 women and demand systemic change. Less than a week later, dozens of actors wore black on the Golden Globes red carpet in support of Time’s Up, with stars including Michelle Williams, Emma Watson and Meryl Streep joining activists Attended the awards show — which included #MeToo founder Tarana Burke — as their date. By then, 15 million dollars had been raised for the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which was set up as a financial resource for needy women pursuing cases to the perpetrator. In short, the future looks bright.

But now, five years later, the organization has announced it will cease operations at the end of January. So what caused its downfall, and what does its closure mean for the future of the #MeToo movement? We’ve outlined everything you need to know below.

When did Time’s Up start having problems?

began, particularly with regard to which cases would receive support from the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund and potential conflicts of interest that might arise (for example, if individuals (such as a well-known talent agency) to file a lawsuit, will it be supported). “It’s going to get complicated and politicized,” senior employment attorney Kathleen Peratis told Variety

at the time. “I hope they have some really smart people who can really balance all these interests so that everyone doesn’t get annoyed.”

Her comments quickly proved to be valid Prescient, but not before the organization faced its first major setback: Lisa Borders, its first president and chief executive, resigned after just three months in the role for her son allegations of sexual assault. Tina Tchen succeeded her in November 2019, but she too was quickly embroiled in scandal. A former chief of staff to Michelle Obama, Chen was involved in hosting fundraisers for then-Democratic presumptive nominee Joe Biden. The group remained silent when former aide Tara Reade accused Biden of sexual assault.

Then, in April 2019, when some women’s rights groups wrote an open letter to Biden asking him to address these The allegations, according to the New York Times

, Tchen asked Time’s Up to be postponed. When Biden finally spoke out in May, saying the incident “never happened,” Time’s Up released a statement praising his “transparency.” Reade is understood to have sought help from the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund earlier that year, but was told it could not provide her with the money because her claim would become a national story involving a presidential candidate and there was a risk the group would be charged Run an election campaign.

What happened next?

Further controversy occurred at 2021 when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was accused of sexual harassment and it was revealed that his The office took advice from Time’s Up leaders as the allegations emerged. Those under fire include Time’s Up co-founder Roberta Kaplan, also a lawyer whose firm represents a top Cuomo aide accused of trying to discredit an alleged victim. In a New York Times story, it was discovered that she had given the governor the names of potential defense attorneys and discussed a Time’s Up statement on the issue with an aide would say something and shared it with Cuomo’s office before making it public.

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