New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced that he will be resigning from his position after rather damning allegations from four women of domestic abuse have become public. Though he denied it all, he resigned the morning after the allegations went public.
The lurid details are disturbing, some dating back a few years, and they're are all the more shocking given Schneiderman's public stance of being a supporter of the #MeToo campaign. Curiously, he led the civil rights charges against the now infamous Harvey Weinstein. In short, the women, whom Schneiderman dated (briefly), detail relationships where he would physically assault them without consent during sexual encounters. As of yet there is no word on whether there will be civil or criminal actions as a result of these allegations, though an official investigation has begun.
Non-Consensual Physical Violence
The very serious allegations against Schneiderman did not go unanswered by the politician, who was up for re-election. He issued the following statement:
"In the privacy of intimate relationships, I have engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity. I have not assaulted anyone. I have never engaged in non-consensual sex, which is a line I would not cross."
However, the stories told by the women coming forward were corroborated by others in the exhaustive New Yorker piece, and there are even pictures and potentially medical records as well (which have not been publicly disclosed). None of the women went to the police, despite being told that if they broke up with him, he would kill them, or tap their phones, or have them followed. One of the women explained the potential reason why no one ever came forward: "What do you do if your abuser is the top law-enforcement official in the state?"
Notably, with the upcoming September election, any attorney appointed to fill Schneiderman's role will only have a few months to serve.