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After 4 Women Accuse NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman of Physical Abuse, He Resigns
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8 May 2018 02:14 PM EST

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Eric Schneiderman (Image Source: Citizen Action of New York via Wikimedia Commons)


New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was accused of a few things on Monday. First he was accused of physically abusing four women, and later he was accused of being hypocritical after advocating for victims of sexual misconduct. By the time the dust had settled, he had resigned.

The women have accused Schneiderman of choking and repeatedly slapping them. Two of them, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, reported to the New Yorker that they had romantic relationships with him. It was during that time that he choked and slapped them. Their injuries were serious enough for them to seek medical treatment.

The two women also describe emotional abuse. Selvaratnam said the Attorney General threatened to have her followed and tap her phones, while both said he threatened to kill them if they broke it off with him. His spokesperson has said he never threatened the women.

A third woman reported nonconsensual physical violence, and a fourth woman said that when she rejected him sexually, he "slapped her across the face with such force that it left a mark that lingered the next day." This woman is described as a highly regarded attorney in New York.

Schneiderman "strongly contests" the accusations but still felt he had to leave office. "In the last several hours, serious allegations, which I strongly contest, have been made against me," he 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."

"In the privacy of intimate relationships," he explained, "I have engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity. I have not assaulted anyone. I never engaged in nonconsensual sex, which is a line I would not cross." All four women said the abuse was not consensual.

The New York Police Department issued a statement on Monday that it did not have any complaints on file to support these claims, but if they do receive complaints, they will "investigate them thoroughly."

Barish told the New Yorker that around four weeks after she began a physical relationship with Schneiderman, he became violent. She even described one of the times that he became violent after they had both been drinking.

"All of a sudden, he just slapped me, open-handed and with great force, across the face, landing the blow directly onto my ear," she described. "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."

She continued, "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."

Barish tweeted after the article was published, "After the most difficult month of my life — I spoke up. For my daughter and for all women. I could not remain silent and encourage other women to be brave for me. I could not."

"I've known Eric for nearly thirty-five years as a husband, father, and a friend," said Jennifer Cunningham, the attorney general's ex-wife in a statement. 

"These allegations are completely inconsistent with the man I know, who has always been someone of the highest character, outstanding values, and a loving father. I find it impossible to believe these allegations are true."

Selvaratnam reports that many of the attacks on her were after Schneiderman had been drinking, and that he would then get upset with her the next morning for allowing him to drink. 

One night he had told her he'd been drinking and fell down, injuring himself. He was supposed to do a public appearance the next day and consulted Cunningham, who is a political consultant. They canceled the appearance and told the story that he'd fallen "while running."

"My personal opinion is that, given the damning pattern of facts and corroboration laid out in the article, I do not believe it is possible for Eric Schneiderman to continue to serve as attorney general, and for the good of the office, he should resign," said Governor Andrew Cuomo.

"The women who came forward so courageously to tell their stories and spared others from suffering are heroines," said gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon in a statement. "The investigation should continue. We need to get to the bottom of the enormous culture of silence that protects those in power. We must continue to work to end this national epidemic."

Kellyanne Conway reposted a tweet from Schneiderman from last October where he had written, "No one is above the law, and I'll continue to remind President Trump and his administration of that fact every day." 

She commented on her retweet, "Gotcha," while Donald Trump Jr. posted the same October tweet and commented, "You were saying???" He then followed that up with another retweet, this time of Schneiderman congratulating the New Yorker and New York Times for reporting on the Harvey Weinstein scandal. "Self awareness level: 0," he wrote, "Or substantially less than that."

The attorney general's resignation will be effective "at the close of business" on Tuesday, representing a quick fall from grace for the Democrat who was elected attorney general in 2010 and reelected in 2014. Prior to this position he spent a decade in the New York State Senate. He was expected to one day make a gubernatorial run.

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