New York (soon to be former) Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman has decided to resign effective today after recent sexual accusations. Four women have come forward making claims that he physically assaulted them. There is speculation as to whether Schneiderman has a drinking problem, which amplified these incidents. Two of the women who came forward, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, reported having to seek out medical treatment from being choked and hit repeatedly by Schneiderman. This raises the question of whether he is a "nasty drunk" if alcohol was indeed involved, which is very likely.
These accusations were first released in an article by The New Yorker. The shocking revelation in this article, other than the fact that it happened, is the fact that Schneiderman has become an outspoken figure in the #MeToo Movement within the last year. He's also been a longtime liberal democratic champion of women's rights so that's why this is shocking and hypocritical to find out. All of the women who came forward stating they were involved with Schneiderman, say that the violence was certainly not consensual.
Schneiderman has decided to resign amid these allegations, effective at the end of the today's business day, May 8th, 2018. He made a statement addressing it:
“It’s been my great honor and privilege to serve as attorney general for the people of the State of New York,” Mr. Schneiderman said in a statement. “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.”
After these allegations came out, surprisingly a lot of Schneiderman's allies were urging him to step down, which ultimately we know now that he has. That includes New York Governor Andrew Cuomo who said, “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,” Mr. Cuomo said.
Even Donald Trump Jr. started tweeting out about his disgust with this incident after hearing about some of the ladies accounts of their abuse...
One of the accusers, Michelle Manning Barish posted a tweet about the article...
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... https://t.co/HvL5ech0RM— M Manning Barish (@MichelleBarish) May 7, 2018
You can read the full New Yorker article about Attorney General Eric Schneider and the information released on his allegations, HERE on their website.