The New York State attorney General, Eric Schneiderman abruptly resigned on Monday evening hours after a local media reported that four women had accused him of physically assaulting them.
“It’s been my great honor and privilege to serve as attorney general for the people of the State of New York,” said Mr. Schneiderman.
In his defense, he spoke, “In the last several hours, serious allegations, which I strongly contest, have been made against me.
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. I, therefore, resign my office, effective at the close of business on May 8, 2018, Schneiderman added”
Two women had spoken to the local media on the record saying Schneiderman repeatedly hit them during the course of their relationships with him in recent years, and never with their consent.
A third woman told her about her experience to the two women but was ‘frightened’ to come forward. A fourth woman said Schneiderman slapped her when she rebuffed him during an intimate encounter but asked her to remain unidentified.
The accusations have led Democratic New York Governor Andrew M Cuomo to call for an investigation and for Schneiderman who rose to prominence as an antagonist of the Trump administration to immediately resign.
The 63-year-old Democrat, Eric Schneiderman was first elected in 2010 and was up for a potential third term later this year, has been an outspoken advocate for women.