New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, who has been an antagonist of the Trump administration working closely with the special prosecutor investigating the Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election and assorted crimes suspected of the president’s inner circle, resigned after a bombshell report detailing allegations of physical abuse against him.
Schneiderman abruptly resigned several hours after the four women accused him of physically assaulting them in an article published Monday by The New Yorker.
Schneiderman denied abusing the women and said the allegations stem from consensual sex acts that took place while he was the attorney general but were unrelated to his office or his professional conduct.
“It’s been my great honor and privilege to serve as attorney general for the people of the State of New York,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “In the last several hours, serious allegations, which I strongly contest, have been made against me.
“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,” Schneiderman said. “I therefore resign my office, effective at the close of business on May 8, 2018.”
“In the privacy of intimate relationships, I have engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity. I have not assaulted anyone,” Schneiderman said. “I have never engaged in nonconsensual sex, which is a line I would not cross.”
All the women making the accusations admitted that they had been romantically involved with Schneiderman.
About a month into their relationship, after consuming a lot of alcohol one night, Schneiderman and his then-girlfriend, feminist Michelle Manning Barish, fell into bed fully clothed, at his apartment — and he called her a “whore.”
Then “all of a sudden, he just slapped me, open-handed and with great force, across the face, landing the blow directly onto my ear,” Barish told the New Yorker. “I want to make it absolutely clear, this was under no circumstances a sex game gone wrong. This did not happen while we were having sex. I was fully dressed and remained that way. It was completely unexpected and shocking. I did not consent to physical assault.”
The political activist said she left Schneiderman’s apartment, telling him they were through but the relationship wasn’t over. Barish went back to him, and they remained a couple, off and on, for nearly the next two years.
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