On Monday, New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a liberal Democrat and purported champion of women’s rights and the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment, found himself squarely in the center of controversy after four women came forward to accuse him of physical abuse.
Two of the women revealed their names in order to protect others while two other women were fearful of retaliation.
One of the women, Michelle Manning Barish tweeted:
“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…”
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
Barish and another accuser Tanya Selvaratnam, both described as articulate, progressive Democratic feminists in their forties who live in Manhattan, spoke to The New Yorker on the record and claim that Schneiderman:
“repeatedly hit them, often after drinking, frequently in bed and never with their consent.”
Both women characterized the behavior as “an assault.”
Neither reported the allegations to police but say “that they eventually sought medical attention after having been slapped hard across the ear and face, and also choked.”
Selvaratnam further added that Schneiderman warned her he could have her followed and her phones tapped.
The women claim that Schneiderman threatened to kill them if they broke up with him.
Schneiderman’s spokesperson asserts that he “never made any of these threats.”
Schneiderman tweeted that he was not physically abusive and denied the allegations:
“Statement from Eric T. Schneiderman: “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.”
Statement from Eric T. Schneiderman:
"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."
— Eric T. Schneiderman (@Schneiderman) May 7, 2018
A third woman alleges that Schneiderman subjected her to “nonconsensual physical violence”.
A fourth woman who is an attorney in the New York legal community, says Schneiderman made an advance toward her and “slapped her across the face with such force that it left a mark that lingered the next day” when she rejected him. She also reportedly shared a photograph of her alleged injury with The New Yorker.
Late Monday evening, the Democratic Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo called on Schneiderman to resign.
Cuomo said in a statement:
“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. No one is above the law, including New York’s top legal officer. I will be asking the appropriate New York District Attorney(s) to commence an immediate investigation and proceed as the facts merit.”
Twitter also had plenty to say about the allegations facing Schneiderman.
Arthur Schwartz tweeted:
How many sleazy New York State democrats knew about this and kept their mouths shut? Shame on all of you. https://t.co/sEK2w6bba7
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) May 8, 2018
Jacob Wohl said:
Dirty Cop Robert Mueller is "Teamed Up" with scumbag NY AG Eric Schneiderman, who "Threatened to Kill" women who wouldn't have sex with him! #FireMueller https://t.co/vFiPAN70ZF pic.twitter.com/jKz4YzDgnt
— Jacob Wohl (@JacobAWohl) May 7, 2018
Ryan Saavedra tweeted:
Trump in 2013 warned that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was worse than Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer.
Schneiderman is now accused of violently attacking multiple women and threatening to murder them. https://t.co/Qqo4A6Tgj9
— Ryan Saavedra 🇺🇸 (@RealSaavedra) May 7, 2018
You just can’t make this stuff up.
A “champion of women and the #MeToo movement” and “partner-in-crime” with special counsel Robert Mueller in the “all things Russia and more” investigation is now in hot water himself for allegations of assault and battery (at the very least).
Late Monday evening, Schneiderman announced his resignation.
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