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New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Resigns After 4 Women Accuse Him Of Physical Abuse

May 8, 2018 14:08

On Monday morning, NYC Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was being fingered by four different women with accusations of physical violence. Just four hours after, the Attorney General announced his resignation. The story was co-written by Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow for The New Yorker.

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63-year-old Schneiderman released a statement to the press as part of his winding down. In the statement, he indicated that his resignation was a direct result of the allegations.

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.

His resignation was with immediate effect, and Schneiderman committed to vacate by the end of the work day.

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He filed accusations against Harvey Weinstein in the past

In the wake of the #MeToo movement and the Time’s Up initiative, Schneiderman filed a Civil Rights lawsuit against Harvey and Bob Weinstein.

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According to the suit, Schneiderman insisted that both brothers and other executives at The Weinstein Company were “complicit” in the mogul’s alleged sexual harassment.

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Earlier on, he praised the reporting of The New York Times and The New Yorker on the Weinstein case. It is somewhat ironic that barely two months after his suit, Schneiderman is facing his own barrage of accusations.

Schneiderman says he is innocent

Three of Schneiderman’s accusers claim to have been in relationships with the former Attorney General and their stories are pretty similar. Michelle Manning Barish claims to have dated Schneiderman from 2013 to New Year’s Day of 2015. She says he was often violent during their sexual encounters, and he had an affinity for choking.

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Tanya Selvaratnam, an author and film producer, says they dated from 2016 to the fall of 2017. She also had recollections of violent encounters and said “brown slave” and insisted she regard her as “his property". Both women made their revelations in an exclusive interview with The New Yorker.

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Schneiderman does not deny having relations with the women and agrees that his proclivities included role playing, but he claims that none of the acts he performed were non-consensual.

Sexual abuse cases can be a long and slippery slope, especially in instances where parties involved maintain different positions on their association. For Schneiderman, this journey is just started.

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