Many Surprised By Schneiderman Allegations

Ronan Farrow who with The New Yorker's Jane Mayer co-wrote the story centered on accounts from four accusers said he had examined

Ronan Farrow who with The New Yorker's Jane Mayer co-wrote the story centered on accounts from four accusers said he had examined

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.

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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.

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