Schneiderman announces resignation after allegations published in The New Yorker

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (Provided photo)

UPDATE (9:45 P.M.) New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says he is stepping down amid allegations published Monday night in The New Yorker.

Schneiderman released the following statement Monday:

It’s been my great honor and privilege to serve as Attorney General for the people of the State of New York. 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.

UPDATE (9:40 P.M.) New York State leaders are reacting to Monday's report from The New Yorker concerning Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

“I find these allegations both shocking and reprehensible," Assemblyman Joe Morelle said in a statement Monday night. "For the sake of the victims, who have each demonstrated incredible courage and resilience, and all people who call New York home I urge Eric Schneiderman to take this opportunity, do what is right and resign the Office of Attorney General.”

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said, "These are very serious allegations. I support Governor Cuomo's call for a thorough investigation. Based on what has been reported, I believe it will be very difficult for Eric Schneiderman to continue as New York State Attorney General."

UPDATE (8:40 p.m.) Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to step down from office.

The governor's office released the following statement Monday night:

The New Yorker has published an article on Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, which reports multiple women making serious allegations of assault. No one is above the law, including New York's top legal officer. I will be asking an appropriate New York District Attorney to commence an immediate investigation, and proceed as the facts merit. 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, and for the good of the office, he should resign.

Original article:

NEW YORK (AP) -- Four women who have had romantic relationships with New York's attorney general have accused him of physically abusing them.

Two of the women spoke on record to The New Yorker , which published their claims against Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Monday.

Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam say Schneiderman repeatedly hit them, often after drinking, and without their consent.

Selvaratnam says the Democrat warned her he could have her followed or her phones tapped. Both say he threatened to kill them if they broke up with him.

A Schneiderman spokesman says he never made any threats. In a statement, Schneiderman says he engaged in "role-playing and other consensual sexual activity," but did not assault anyone.

The Associated Press is identifying the two women who spoke to The New Yorker because they agreed to tell their stories publicly.

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