Alyssa Milano Pulls out of Yang Fundraiser Over Sexual Misconduct Claims

Actress Alyssa Milano, a prominent promoter of the #MeToo movement, announced on Twitter that she would not participate in a fundraiser for Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew Yang because of her concerns about how the campaign has handled allegations of sexual misconduct by a campaign staffer.

“I have made the difficult decision to withdraw my participation from a fundraiser for the [Andrew Yang] campaign. This is due to repeated allegations of sexual misconduct against a campaign staffer by a campaign staffer, which were not appropriately addressed.”

She said that she believes Yang is “good man,” adding that the allegations were not against him, “While I have not endorsed any candidate, I do believe Andrew Yang is a good man with progressive, smart, interesting ideas. And to be clear, no allegations have been made against him personally,” but added that “the buck stops at the top.”

Additionally, she urged Yang to “immediately and publicly” address the complaint.

“Part of fixing the issue of sexual harassment in our culture is living our values and holding ourselves and the people we admire accountable. I wish Andrew, his family, and his campaign well, and encourage him to immediately and publicly remedy this issue.”

A campaign spokesperson told The Hill that it would “evaluate” the allegations and “take all necessary steps” to address the complaint.

“We take these matters seriously, and creating a safe environment for anyone participating in any activity with the campaign is an utmost priority. To those ends, we have initiated prompt action to evaluate these allegations and will take all necessary steps to ensure that we foster a work environment that is in accordance with our values.”

The exact nature of the allegations are not known.

Milano’s announcement comes at the same time Yang qualified for the upcoming Democratic primary debate, becoming the sole minority candidate still in the race to qualify for the debate stage.


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