The Attorney General of the State of New York, Eric Schneiderman, today announced his resignation after serious accusations against him were known about alleged physical aggressions against several women with whom he was related.
Schneiderman, 63, of the Democratic Party, very critical of US President Donald Trump, was one of the most powerful state attorneys general and had held a prominent place in the #MeToo movement against sexual abuse. last year.
The accusations against Schneiderman appeared in an article published in the digital edition of the magazine The New Yorker, one of the media that uncovered last year the sex abuse scandal that affected the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
According to the magazine, four women reported that Schneiderman, with whom they claim to have maintained a sentimental relationship, physically assaulted them several times in recent years, although only now these alleged facts are publicly known.
The publication mentions that two of those involved, identified as Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, have made public their presumed experiences as they claim that doing so “protects other women.”
According to the testimonies of Manning and Selvaratnam, in his encounters with Schneiderman he assaulted them without his consent, frequently when they were in bed and after drinking liquor, and although they did not report it to the police, they did require medical assistance after being slapped in a ear and face
Selvaratnam, who maintained a relationship with the attorney general between the summer of 2016 and the fall of 2017, assures that Schneiderman warned him that he could intercept his phone.