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Time's Up board members Shonda Rhimes, Eva Longoria step down amid shakeup

"We see the current crisis within TIME'S UP as an important opportunity for growth and change," the organization said in a statement.

Members of the board of Time's Up, which fights for gender equality and advocates on behalf of sexual abuse victims, will step down, the group said in a release Saturday.

They include Shonda Rhimes, Eva Longoria and Jurnee Smollett. The statement said some members "of the existing board will be stepping aside over the next 30 days" to give interim CEO Monifa Bandele the ability to refocus the organization's leadership to support its mission and needs.

"We see the current crisis within TIME'S UP as an important opportunity for growth and change. TIME'S UP is ready for new leadership, and we want to move forcefully toward its new iteration," the statement said.

The organization asked four board members to remain to help smooth the transition. They are Colleen DeCourcy, Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, Ashley Judd and Gabrielle Sulzberger.

Time's Up Chairwoman Roberta Kaplan resigned last month after a report from the New York attorney general said she counseled Gov. Andrew Cuomo when a former adviser accused him of sexual harassment last year. Cuomo resigned last month.

Time's Up CEO and President Tina Tchen resigned shortly after Kaplan amid the same revelations that the group's leaders provided counsel to Cuomo.

The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday that Rhimes, Longoria and Smollett, among other board members, offered their resignations earlier in the week. Other resigning members include Nina Shaw, Hilary Rosen, Katie McGrath, Christy Haubegger and Ana Navarro, according to the Times.