New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for his state’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to resign following a report that Schneiderman physically abused romantic partners.
Four women have accused Schneiderman of physical abuse while in romantic relationships with the state’s top law enforcement official, the New Yorker reported this evening.
The allegations were made against a rising star of the Democratic Party and ally of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who immediately called for his resignation. Schneiderman’s profile on the national stage has risen as he’s led blue states in challenges to Trump administration initiatives.
In the report, writers Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow detail allegations by four women who say Schneiderman slapped them and choked them, sometimes requiring the women to seek medical attention. Two of the women, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, spoke on the record for the story and said Schneiderman "threatened to kill them if they broke up with him."
Schneiderman’s office denied the threats and, in a statement, the attorney general denied assaulting the women.
"In the privacy of intimate relationships, I have engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity," Schneiderman told the New Yorker. "I have not assaulted anyone. I have never engaged in nonconsensual sex, which is a line I would not cross.”
Schneiderman, 63, is divorced. He was elected state attorney general in 2010. He has pursued Trump University, investigated diesel emissions-testing cheating by Volkswagen and led state attorneys generals in challenging President Donald Trump’s travel ban aimed at travelers from Muslim-majority countries. Schneiderman also has publicly criticized Harvey Weinstein for a series of sexual assault allegations against the filmmaker.
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