New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman resigned from office Monday night following serious allegations that he was physically and emotionally abusive to multiple women.
The New Yorker reported Monday that four women accuse Schneiderman of being abusive toward them, including slapping them, choking them and controlling their behavior in extreme ways. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called for an investigation into Schneiderman’s conduct and urged him to resign as AG. (RELATED:Anti-Trump NY Attorney General Accused Of Beating Women)
Schneiderman denies the allegations and claims his actions were part of “role-playing” scenarios between consensual adults. (RELATED: NY Gov Cuomo Calls On NY AG Schneiderman To Resign After Abuse Allegations)
In an official statement released hours after the allegations surfaced, Schneiderman announced that he would resign as attorney general but doubled down on denying the women’s claims.
“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,” Schneiderman wrote. “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.”
Schneiderman’s resignation will take effect at close of business on Tuesday.