Three hours after the New Yorker published this story, New York’s attorney general Eric Schneiderman resigned from his position.
“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,” he said in a statement. “I, therefore, resign my office, effective at the close of business on May 8, 2018.”
According to the story Eric Schneiderman, who has known a liberal Democratic of women’s rights, and outspoken figure in the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment has now the distress of four women with whom he has had romantic relationships or encounters.
Those women accuse Schneiderman of having subjected them to nonconsensual physical violence. Two of the women, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, allege that he repeatedly hit them, often after drinking, frequently in bed and never with their consent.
Both say that they had medical help after having been slapped hard on the face and ear, and were also choked. Both say that Schneiderman threatened to kill them if they broke up with him. According to the New Yorker, Schneiderman’s spokesperson said that he “never made any of these threats.”
A third former romantic partner of Schneiderman’s said that she also was repeatedly subject to physical violenceץ Another woman, an attorney, says that Schneiderman came toward her but when she refused him, he slapped her across the face with such force that it left a mark till the day after.
She recalls screaming in surprise and pain and beginning to cry.
In his statement, Schneiderman said, “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.”