New York Gov. Andre Cuomo called on Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to resign his position following allegations the Democratic lawman physically abused four women.
“No one is above the law, including New York’s top legal officer,” Cuomo wrote in a statement Monday. “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.”
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— Melissa DeRosa (@melissadderosa) May 8, 2018
Four women have come forward and accused Schneiderman of physical violence and death threats, according to a report Monday from The New Yorker. The women claimed he slapped and choked them, threatened to kill them if they broke up with him, and even warned them he could have their phones tapped.
Schneiderman, an avowed opponent of President Donald Trump, gave a statement shortly after the report was published, denying the assaults. “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 nonconsensual sex, which is a line I would not cross.”
The New York Democrat has also held himself up in the past as a supporter of the so-called “#MeToo” Movement.
“Without the reporting of the @nytimes and the @newyorker — and the brave women and men who spoke up about the sexual harassment they endured at the hands of powerful men — there would not be the critical national reckoning underway,” he wrote in an April 16 tweet about the women who have come forward to accuse men of sexual abuse. “A well-deserved honor.”
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