State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will resign Tuesday after being accused in a New Yorker article of physically assaulting four ex-girlfriends while they were dating. According to the report, the women accuse Schneiderman of non-consensual physical violence. They say they did not report the violence to police at the time, but did eventually seek medical attention.
Schneiderman released this statement Monday night:
“It’s been my great honor and privilege to serve as Attorney General for the people of the State of New York. 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. I therefore resign my office, effective at the close of business on May 8, 2018.”
Schneiderman said he has engaged in “role-playing and other consensual sexual activity” but said he has “never assaulted anyone.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo also released a statement hours after the allegations came to light and called for Schneiderman to step down. Here is the statement made by Cuomo:
“The New Yorker has published an article on Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, which reports multiple women making serious allegations of assault. No one is above the law, including New York’s top legal officer. I will be asking an appropriate New York District Attorney to commence an immediate investigation, and proceed as the facts merit. 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.”