New York Attorney General Resigns After Report Of Women Abuse

New York Attorney General Resigns After Report Of Women Abuse

New York state’s top prosecutor and a public champion of the #MeToo movement Attorney-general Eric Schneiderman resigned on Monday, after being accused by four women who reported in The New Yorker magazine of physically assault.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has called for Schneiderman’s resignation within hours of the article’s publication. It was an abrupt fall from power for Eric Scheiderman, the chief law enforcement officer in the state and a Donald Trump opponent whose office had launched multiple legal challenges against the Republican administration.

“In the last several hours, serious allegations, which I strongly contest, have been made against me,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “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.”

According to the report by the New Yorker, these four women who said they had had romantic relationships or encounters with Schneiderman said they had been subjected to nonconsensual physical violence.

Schneiderman said in a statement issued by Stu Loeser & Co before he announced his resignation. “I have not assaulted anyone. I have never engaged in non-consensual sex, which is a line I would not cross.” Cuomo, who called for Schneiderman’s resignation, referred to “the damning pattern of facts and corroboration laid out in the article,” and said he did not believe it was possible for Schneiderman to continue to serve as attorney-general.

The New Yorker reported that two of the women who spoke to the magazine “alleged that he repeatedly hit them, often after drinking, frequently in bed and never with their consent.” The two women who were named in the article both called the abuse by Schneiderman “assault”.

Schneiderman, a Harvard-educated lawyer, has been New York state’s attorney-general since late 2010. He has been a high-profile proponent of the #MeToo movement, which has seen accusations of sexual misconduct leveled against prominent men in politics, media, entertainment and business. They include Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. In February, Schneiderman sued the Weinstein Company and Weinstein himself, alleging years of sexual harassment and misconduct by the movie producer. Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 70 women, including rape.

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May 8th, 2018

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