The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) has announced that Charles Brownstein has resigned as executive director of the organization, effective earlier this evening. The news comes following a weekend of mounting pressure as fourteen-year-old sexual assault allegations against Brownstein resurfaced and creators publicly pulled their support from the organization.
The CBLDF has come under much fire for protecting and promoting Brownstein in the more than a decade since the assault allegations came out. Despite Brownstein’s resignation, severe damage has already been done to the CBLDF’s reputation, and it will likely take some time — and perhaps some sweeping changes elsewhere in the organization — to rebuild trust between the organization and the larger comics community.
You can read the CBLDF’s full statement regarding Charles Brownstein below.
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has accepted the resignation of Charles Brownstein as Executive Director, effective immediately.
Our organization exists to serve the comics community and the First Amendment, and we can’t do that without an open and honest discourse. We believe our organization’s management and staff should be representative of and responsive to the community they serve. As we move forward, it will be with a renewed focus on accountability and transparency. And as we plan for the future with new leadership in place, we will work with our staff and human resources experts to continue developing policies that will make us a stronger organization.
We hear and understand the concerns of our community and recognize that this is only a first step in building greater trust and understanding regarding our mission and how it is carried out.