An NAACP president in Oregon has resigned after 11 people accused him of sexual and psychological abuse while attending his church decades ago, the civil rights group said.
Portland NAACP President E.D. Mondainé submitted his “immediate resignation” late Tuesday, the organization said in a statement.
“The NAACP is firmly opposed to all forms of abuse, assault, harassment or discrimination,” the statement said. “Such behavior has no place in the Association, regardless of whether these instances occurred in previous or current administrations.”
An investigation into the accusations is ongoing — and “additional and appropriate action” will be taken if necessary, NAACP officials said.
The resignation comes less than a week after the Portland Mercury reported that three men claimed Mondainé, 61, sexually and physically assaulted them while they were members of his church, Celebration Tabernacle in Portland, between the mid-1990s and the mid-2000s.
Eight others also accused Mondainé of psychological abuse during the same span, according to the report.
Mondainé, who still serves as senior pastor at the Pentecostal church, has denied the allegations, saying they were flatly untrue.
“There’s no truth to it,” he told the newspaper. “People can say whatever they need to say. I’ve never abused anyone.”
Mondainé announced he would not seek reelection one day after the Mercury’s report, saying on Facebook Live that the allegations were a “manifestation of the current trend of cancel culture,” The Oregonian reported.
“It would be pointless trying to defend against such egregious allegations,” Mondainé said. “However, I must tell you that those allegations as presented bear no truth.”
A relationship “that ended poorly” nearly 20 years ago likely led to the accusations, Mondainé said last week without elaborating, according to The Oregonian.
Some NAACP members also previously accused Mondainé of financial mismanagement and bullying in November, the Portland Tribune reported.
An election for the chapter’s new leadership will be held on Nov. 21, according to its website.
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