(National Sentinel)Â #MeToo: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who has made a name for himself at home and nationwide for opposing much of the Trump agenda, has resigned following credible allegations from four women that he beat and abused them.
As reported byÂ Mediaite, which cited other published sources, the women, two of whom have gone public with their identities, all allege thatÂ Schneiderman physically abused them and used violence against them.
The New Yorker included a number of disturbing claims, including threats that he allegedly made to them.
One woman, whoÂ Schneiderman dated for nearly two years, claimed the former attorney general slapped her across the face violently, an assault which left her ear injured for months. Three others had similar stories aboutÂ Schneidermanâ€™s violence and abusive behavior.
In response to the report, Schneiderman denied he engaged in any non-consensual behavior and said he had been â€œrole-playing.â€ Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand had called on him to resign earlier tonight.
And then, just hours after the report was released,Â Schneiderman put out a statement announcing his resignation.
â€œItâ€™s been my great honor and privilege to serve as attorney general for the people of the State of New York,â€ Schneiderman said. â€œIn the last several hours, serious allegations, which I strongly contest, have been made against me.â€
â€œWhile these allegations are unrelated to my professional conduct or the operations of the office, they will effectively prevent me from leading the officeâ€™s work at this critical time. I therefore resign my office, effective at the close of business on May 8, 2018.â€
The two women who spoke on the record,Â Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, toldÂ The New Yorker that Schneiderman, who has been a vocal champion of the #MeToo movement — even taking legal action against disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein — that he hit them and used other violence:
They allege that he repeatedly hit them, often after drinking, frequently in bed and never with their consent. Manning Barish and Selvaratnam categorize the abuse he inflicted on them as â€œassault.â€ They did not report their allegations to the police at the time, but both say that they eventually sought medical attention after having been slapped hard across the ear and face, and also choked. Selvaratnam says that Schneiderman warned her he could have her followed and her phones tapped, and both say that he threatened to kill them if they broke up with him.
A spokesperson for Schneiderman denies those claims, but two other women substantiate them, according toÂ The New Yorker:
A third former romantic partner of Schneidermanâ€™s told Manning Barish and Selvaratnam that he also repeatedly subjected her to nonconsensual physical violence, but she told them that she is too frightened of him to come forward. (TheÂ New YorkerÂ has independently vetted the accounts that they gave of her allegations.) A fourth woman, an attorney who has held prominent positions in the New York legal community, says that Schneiderman made an advance toward her; when she rebuffed him, he slapped her across the face with such force that it left a mark that lingered the next day. She recalls screaming in surprise and pain, and beginning to cry, and says that she felt frightened. She has asked to remain unidentified,Â but shared a photograph of the injury withÂ The New Yorker.
Interestingly, in response to the news regarding Schneiderman, an old series of tweets from President Donald J. Trump in 2013 made cryptic references to the AG’s sexual activities.
At one point Trump wrote that Schneiderman was “worse” than disgraced U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, who is serving prison time for sexting underage girls, and former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who admitted to using prostitutes.
Wow, l just found out that A.G. Schneiderman met with President Obama in Syracuse on Thursday — and sued me on Saturday! Same as IRS etc.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 25, 2013
Thug Politics. Lightweight hack Schneiderman meets with Obama on Thursday, then brings frivolous suit on Saturday.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2013
Governor Cuomo is right about one thing – Attorney General Eric Schneiderman does wear eyeliner! What the hell is up with him?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2014
Weiner is gone, Spitzer is gone – next will be lightweight A.G. Eric Schneiderman. Is he a crook? Wait and see, worse than Spitzer or Weiner
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2013
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