NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Steps Down in Response to Assault Accusations

General Eric Schneiderman speaks at a news conference in New York Sept. 6 2017

"Our office has opened an investigation into the recently reported allegations concerning Mr. Schneiderman", a DA's Office spokesperson confirmed to the New York Post.

Four women accused him of choking, slapping and other physical abuse during romantic relationships with them.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's shocking defense against allegations of sexual abuse- Hey, I was just into kinky role-play-wasn't enough to save his job after four women can forward with stories about rough, unwanted sex.

According to The New Yorker, Manning Barish and Selvaratnam said he had hit and choked them, and that they later sought medical attention because of it. Selvaratnam also alleged that Schneiderman threatened to tap her phone, among other threats. A third woman, who was not identified, made similar accusations of nonconsensual physical violence, while a fourth - who was not identified but was described as an attorney who has held high positions in the NY legal sphere - told the magazine that when she rejected one of Schneiderman's advances, he "slapped her across the face with such force that it left a mark that lingered the next day".

Barack Obama recognized Schneiderman as he was seated behind Michelle at his 2012 State of the Union, and announced that the NY attorney general would lead a group investigating fraud during the subprime mortgage crisis. I have not assaulted anyone.

Earlier, Schneiderman issued a statement denying that he had assaulted anyone or that he had ever engaged in non-consensual sex.

Cuomo also says he will be asking an appropriate district attorney to begin an immediate investigation.Two of the women spoke on the record to The New Yorker.

"Sometimes, he'd tell me to call him Master, and he'd slap me until I did", Selvaratnam said.

Schneiderman said he contested the allegations but said they would have prevented him from pursuing his work as New York's top law enforcement official. In fact, NY political strategists say the next attorney general is likely to be just as much of an adversary against Trump - if not more so.

"He was cutting off my ability to breathe", she said, accusing Schneiderman of drinking heavily, taking sedatives and pressing her to drink too, saying "drink your bourbon, Turnip". "Yet apparently he intends to revictimize these courageous women who have come forward by pulling out that age-old sexist trope that they wanted it", said Debra Katz, a lawyer for another of the women.

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"The work of this office is incredibly important", she said.

Governor Andrew Cuomo had called for Schneiderman's resignation within hours of the New Yorker article's publication, and only slightly more than an hour later, Schneiderman, a Democrat who was running for re-election, said he was stepping down. She was Professor of Law at Yale Law School, Visiting Professor at New York University School of Law, and Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School.

Barbara Underwood, New York's longtime solicitor general, will serve as acting attorney general after Eric Schneiderman resigns from office Tuesday.

Schneiderman has been a vocal supporter of the #MeToo movement.

"I've known Eric for almost 35 years as a husband, father and friend. I could not leave my sisters who had been harmed, hanging, discredited when I knew the truth".

Schneiderman was first elected attorney general in 2010 and was expected to easily win a third term in November with no Democratic primary challenger.

It was a swift and stunning fall for a Democrat who held himself out as a champion of women and a liberal foil to President Donald Trump and who pledged to use his office to hold others accountable for abusing their power.

The New Yorker said none of the women classified the behavior as consensual.

Multiple New York state reporters say the legislature may choose Helene Weinstein, a longtime member of the state Assembly.

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