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The time is right to stop operations

Time’s Up will formally close its business at the end of January and send the remaining $1.7 million in funds to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund (TULDF). The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The gender rights organization, which had launched the Golden Globes to much fanfare in 2018, has been in the midst of a slow death since a report from the New York State Attorney General revealed in August 2021 that the leaders of Time’s Up Governor Andrew Cuomo after being accused of sexual harassment.

Time’s Up’s three remaining board members, actress Ashley Judd, attorney Nina Shaw and chief financial officer Gabrielle Sulzberger will step down.

Time’s Up raised more than $22 million in its first 10 months from prominent industry backers such as Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep, Shonda Rhimes, Katie McGrath and CAA. That money went toward founding the TULDF, which is housed and administered separately by the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, D.C., and remains the movement’s signature achievement.

The TULDF has connected more than 6,000 sexual harassment victims with attorneys, paid legal fees in 330 cases, provided publicity support for 130 cases, and continues to take on new cases.

While the Cuomo scandal was the direct cause of the group’s demise, which led to the resignations of CEO Tina Tchen and board chairman Roberta Kaplan, Time’s Up had long-standing problems, including allegations of a conflict of interest and internal disagreements over its focus. As internal debates raged, the group rotated three CEOs in three years, the last, Monifa Bandele, leaving in November 2021. At the time, board chairman Sulzberger said the group was engaged in a “needed reset, not a retreat.”

Time’s Up’s formal end was first reported by The Associated Press.

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