Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Eric Schneiderman Resigns As New York State Attorney General Following Damaging Revelations

Eric Schneiderman Resigns As New York State Attorney General Following Damaging Revelations

Eric Schneiderman, a 63-year-old progressive Democrat serving a second elected term as state attorney general, resigned late Monday hours after being accused of physically assaulting four women. He denied the substance of the charges but said they would prevent him from effectively doing his work.

Schneiderman announced Monday night he will resign effective at the close of business Tuesday.

Both named women detailed a gradual increase in Schneiderman's physical abuse, saying it usually happened during sex after he had drunk excessively, and that they both had to seek medical help from ear, nose, and throat specialists because of the alleged abuse.

In February, Mr Schneiderman sued The Weinstein Company for failing to protect employees from years of disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual misconduct despite multiple complaints from staff. "Based on this extensive and serious reporting, I do not believe that Eric Schneiderman should continue to serve as Attorney General".

Two of his ex-girlfriends told New Yorker magazine that he was a "Jekyll and Hyde" who "hit them, often after drinking". In accounts published in The New Yorker on Monday, the women described being violently slapped and choked, verbally abused and threatened by Schneiderman, a "heavy drinker".

In an immediate statement following the report, Schneiderman argued that he had only engaged in role-playing activities.

Michelle Manning Barish and Eric Schneiderman in better times
Michelle Manning Barish and Eric Schneiderman in better times

Amy Spitalnick, press secretary for the state attorney general's office, announced Underwood will serve as acting attorney general in a statement Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Barbara Underwood, the NY solicitor general since January, 2007, will serve as acting attorney general. I have not assaulted anyone. They say were angered watching Schneiderman take such a visible role in the #MeToo movement.

Saying she was "deeply troubled" by the "disturbing" allegations against her counterpart in New York, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey backed Eric Schneiderman's decision to resign. (Schneiderman's spokesperson said that he has "never commandeered anyone's medications.") Sometimes in bed, she recalls, he would be "shaking me and grabbing my face" while demanding that she repeat such things as "I'm a little whore".

Underwood has served as state solicitor general since being appointed in 2007 by then-Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

Just hours after the news became public, Schneiderman resigned from his position resulting in various reaction from the media and the world of politics.

The magazine talked to a fourth woman who accused Schneiderman but did not want to be identified in the article.

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