Many Surprised By Schneiderman Allegations

Eric Schneiderman is one of several prominent men in the legal world to step down in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations

Eric Schneiderman is one of several prominent men in the legal world to step down in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a champion of the #MeToo movement, has resigned following allegations of abuse by four women.

Cuomo, a Democrat, called the allegations deeply shocking and disturbing Tuesday morning in Tarrytown.

"In the last several hours, serious allegations, which I strongly contest, have been made against me", Schneiderman said in a statement late Monday.

Schneiderman's resignation will be effective at the close of business Tuesday.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said after a closed-door meeting with fellow Democrats who control the chamber that they discussed the protocols of appointing a successor to Schneiderman, but haven't talked about specific candidates. They too said the abuse occurred while they were romantically involved with the NY attorney general.

Two women who spoke to The New Yorker, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, said the abuse escalated over time.

Manning Barish is one of four women who accused Schneiderman of physical violence in The New Yorker. A fourth woman also said he physically abused her, but she is afraid of him and did not want to be identified.

More news: Arsenal director Friar: There'd be no Emirates stadium without Wenger
More news: Ken Jeong's Medical Training Comes in Handy During Show
More news: Are Analysts Bullish Eland Oil & Gas PLC (LON:ELA) After Last Week?

Briffault said he wouldn't rule out the possibility of the state legislature letting Underwood continue to serve as attorney general until the November election since it's not far away. "I have not assaulted anyone. I have never engaged in nonconsensual sex, which is a line I would not cross", he wrote in a statement to the New Yorker.

Schneiderman also was trying to build criminal cases against former Trump associates Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn in case the president pardoned them or Robert Mueller's special investigation was halted. "Our investigation. has uncovered a pervasive pattern of sexual harassment, intimidation, discrimination and abuse at the Weinstein Company", Schneiderman said, outlining the findings at a news conference. During the relationship, Schneiderman often slapped her on the face, she said.

As their relationship went on, Manning Barish said non-consensual slapping and hitting became more common, and that his violence was in complete contrast to his progressive public image she had liked.

A fourth woman alleges Schneiderman slapped her when she rebuffed him and asked to remain anonymous. He said acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood, who he appointed, is competent and a "top-quality person" and that the office is not "rudderless".

After the article was posted online, Governor Andrew Cuomo called for Schneiderman to step down. "As was the case with those men, the resignation of Mr. Schneiderman could have far-reaching consequences".

Updated at 9:54 a.m. with acting state attorney general selected; updated at 12:20 p.m. with statement by acting state attorney general Underwood.

Published reports state that an interim replacement would have to be chosen by a joint session of the state Legislature, in which the Democrats' numerical superiority in the Assembly just about guarantees that Republicans would have nearly no bargaining power.

Recommended News

  • Childish Gambino has Twitter shook with new music video

    Childish Gambino has Twitter shook with new music video

    But as protests, police clashes and chaos ensue in the background, he continues to sing oblivious to his environment. First up, Saturday Night Live featured a Star Wars sketch with Lando Calrissian holding a sparsely attended summit.
    Meghan Markle's wedding dress designer has been revealed - and we're excited!

    Meghan Markle's wedding dress designer has been revealed - and we're excited!

    Starting at 7pm (AEST), Georgie Gardner and Karl Stefanovic will be covering the royal wedding in both London and Windsor. Tom Markle Junior, 51, also told Harry in a handwritten letter that "Meghan is obviously not the right woman for you".
    Sergio Ramos: We know what Suarez is like

    Sergio Ramos: We know what Suarez is like

    In fact, the quicker this Clasico is forgotten about by both teams, the better. He could not be blamed for either of Madrid's goals. Luis Suarez started the scoring in the 10th minute.
  • Melanoma Monday and how to take caution

    Melanoma Monday and how to take caution

    Sax says the easiest way to remember what to look for when checking yourself for melanoma is through the ABCD and Es of melanoma. Monday, May 7, is Melanoma Monday to bring attention to skin cancer - the most common cancer in the US and the deadliest.
    Melania Trump announces 'Be Best' campaign for child well-being

    Melania Trump announces 'Be Best' campaign for child well-being

    Something unique though: "She has not narrowed her platform down to just one topic as has been done in the past", Grisham said. Trump has participated in during her time as first lady, her focus will be the overall well-being of children.
    Most Big Macs consumed

    Most Big Macs consumed

    He has an impressive collection of receipts, burger wrappers, and containers. "People make fun of me, but it never bothered me". After achieving his milestone, Gorske left his favourite fast food restaurant to return home, which he shares with his wife.
  • West Virginia GOP Senate candidate denies claims that comment was racist

    West Virginia GOP Senate candidate denies claims that comment was racist

    Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr ., tweeted Thursday that he thinks a Blankenship nomination guarantees another Manchin term. McConnell's former chief of staff and campaign manager Josh Holmes quickly responded to Blankenship's shocking charges.
    Torino Hold Napoli For Juventus

    Torino Hold Napoli For Juventus

    Matteo Politano's goal midway through the second half ended Sampdoria's Europa League ambitions and secured Sassuolo safety. Napoli is six points behind Juventus with two matches remaining. "It's a good base to fight for the title next season too".
    ZTE has requested an end to its ban on purchasing USA  technology

    ZTE has requested an end to its ban on purchasing USA technology

    ZTE shares, which trade in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, have been suspended since the Commerce Department announced the ban last month. ZTE was first fined $1.19 billion in 2017 by the Commerce Department for selling goods and services to Iran and North Korea.
  • Pakistan coal mine blasts kill over 20 workers

    Pakistan coal mine blasts kill over 20 workers

    At least 23 labourers were killed and several others suffered injuries when two coal mines caved in near Quetta on Saturday. It urged the government to ratify the Safety and Health in Mines Convention of the International Labour Organisation.
    Trump's peace plan includes giving away parts of Jerusalem

    Trump's peace plan includes giving away parts of Jerusalem

    A worker holds a road sign directing to the US embassy, in the area of the USA consulate in Jerusalem, May 7, 2018. He added that "the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem will come at a price and it is worth paying it".

    Summary of Restore plc (LON:RST) Ratings on April 23, 2018

    After $-0.12 actual EPS reported by ASOS Plc for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -16.67% EPS growth. The stock of TUI AG (LON:TUI) has "Overweight" rating given on Thursday, September 24 by JP Morgan.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.