New York State attorney general Eric Schneiderman resigns amid sexual assault accusations by 4 women

The New York State attorney general resigned his post Monday after the New Yorker published detailed accounts by four women accusing him of sexual assault.

According to the article, AG Eric Schneiderman—who previously positioned himself as an ally of the #MeToo movement—allegedly subjected four women to “nonconsensual physical violence.” Two named and two unnamed accusers told their shocking stories of abuse to the magazine.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Schneiderman was conducting an investigation ordered by Governor Cuomo to reexamine the Manhattan DA’s handling of a 2015 assault case against Harvey Weinstein, who is one of the most prominent figures to have fallen in the #MeToo movement.

It appears that the publicly progressive politician may have had a different attitude toward women’s sexual agency in private settings.

Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam each allege that Schneiderman hit, slapped, or beat them, sometimes in a nonconsensual sexual context after drinking alcohol, requiring both to seek medical treatment.

“All of a sudden, he just slapped me, open-handed and with great force, across the face, landing the blow directly onto my ear,” Barish recalled. “It was horrendous. It just came out of nowhere. My ear was ringing. I lost my balance and fell backward onto the bed.”

“I sprang up, but at this point there was very little room between the bed and him. I got up to try to shove him back, or take a swing, and he pushed me back down. He then used his body weight to hold me down, and he began to choke me. The choking was very hard. It was really bad. I kicked. In every fibre, I felt I was being beaten by a man.”

A third woman shared similar details, and a fourth said Schneiderman slapped her when she rejected his advances.

“He slapped me across the face hard, twice,” the accuser said, after being repulsed by his lascivious talk which included being called a slut and a whore. “For a split second, I was scared.”

“You’d really be surprised,” he allegedly responded to her. “A lot of women like it. They don’t always think they like it, but then they do, and they ask for more.”

Striking a conciliatory tone, Schneiderman told the New Yorker that “In the privacy of intimate relationships, I have engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity. I have not assaulted anyone. I have never engaged in nonconsensual sex, which is a line I would not cross.”

Schneiderman maintains his innocence and released the following statement Monday night.

“It’s been my great honor and privilege to serve as Attorney General for the people of the State of New York. In the last several hours, serious allegations, which I strongly contest, have been made against me. While these allegations are unrelated to my professional conduct or the operations of the office, they will effectively prevent me from leading the office’s work at this critical time. I therefore resign my office, effective at the close of business on May 8, 2018.” 

The disgraced politician is reportedly seeking legal representation in the forthcoming criminal investigation.

[Feature Photo: Eric Schneiderman via AP/Seth Wenig]