New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) abruptly announced that he would be resigning from his role on Monday, just after The New Yorker published an article with multiple accusations from women claiming they were assaulted by the attorney.
Although he is stepping down and his last day will be on Tuesday, he still denies that these claims have any validity.
“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…” tweeted Barish Monday night.
Barish said Schneiderman threatened to kill her if she left him and both Barish and Selvaratnam claim that he “repeatedly hit them, often after drinking, frequently in bed and never with their consent.”
“It was horrendous,” said Barish to The New Yorker. “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. 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 fiber, I felt I was being beaten by a man.”
Schneiderman claims that these actions in the past have been consensual and part of “role-playing.”
“In the privacy of intimate relationships, I have engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity,” said Schneiderman in a statement. “I have not assaulted anyone. I have never engaged in nonconsensual sex, which is a line I would not cross.”
“I’ve known Eric for nearly 35 years as a husband, father and friend,” said Jennifer Cunningham, his ex-wife. “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.”
“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 Cuomo.
Ironically, Schneiderman has been a public supporter of the Me Too movement and his firm filed one of the many suits against Harvey Weinstein in February.
“Every New Yorker has a right to a workplace free of sexual harassment, intimidation, and fear,” said Schneiderman after he filed the Weinstein lawsuit.
“Under New York’s Constitution, Mr. Schneiderman’s replacement will be selected by the State Assembly and Senate by joint ballot — effectively placing the decision in the hands of the Assembly, which has many more members,” writes The New York Times. “The Assembly speaker, Carl E. Heastie, planned to discuss possible replacements on Tuesday, according to Michael Whyland, a spokesman for Mr. Heastie. Whoever is chosen to fill out Mr. Schneiderman’s term could then seek election in November.”