New York attorney general resigns after women abuse report

Also a champion of#MeToo movement, Eric Scheiderman, denied he had assaulted anyone or that he had engaged in non-consensual sex

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 5, 2017 NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman speaks at a rally to defend DACA in New York.
New York state's top prosecutor and public champion of the #MeToo movement resigned on May 8, 2018, just hours after being accused of physically assaulting four women by The New Yorker. / AFP PHOTO / Bryan R. Smith
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New York state's top prosecutor and a public champion of the #MeToo movement resigned on Monday, just hours after being accused by The New Yorker of physically assaulting four women.

It was an abrupt fall from power for Eric Scheiderman, the chief law enforcement officer in the state and a US President Donald Trump opponent whose office had launched multiple legal challenges against the Republican administration.

"In the last several hours, serious allegations, which I strongly contest, have been made against me," Mr Schneiderman said.

"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."

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

Two of the women spoke to the magazine on the record, alleging that Mr Schneiderman repeatedly hit them, often after drinking, frequently in bed and never with their consent.


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Both say they sought medical attention after having been slapped hard across the ear and face, and also choked, the magazine said.

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

In February, Mr Schneiderman sued The Weinstein Company for failing to protect employees from years of disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual misconduct despite multiple complaints from staff.

He had also been instructed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to review a 2015 decision by the Manhattan district attorney not to prosecute Mr Weinstein over allegations of assault.