New York's anti-gun attorney general leaves under sex abuse allegations

Posted May 09, 2018

These women clearly were not (Selvaratnam described him as a "sexual sadist"). The four women, who were romantically involved with him at the time of the abuse, reject this explanation.

Schneiderman is also up there with former Comptroller Alan Hevesi, who did jail time for corruption. He said he privately "engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity" with the women, but he never assaulted or threatened them. "I did not consent to physical assault", Manning Barish said. And once, after hitting and choking her, she said Schneiderman proclaimed that "hitting an officer of the law is a felony", suggesting he wasn't interested in her returning the favor. She was an assistant district attorney in New York County (Manhattan), chief of appeals and counsel to the district attorney in Brooklyn and senior executive assistant district attorney for legal affairs in Queens County.

State Solicitor General Barbara Underwood will be acting AG, according to a tweet from AG press secretary Amy Spitalnick.

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Underwood said, "I am honored to serve the people of ny as acting Attorney General". "Our office has never been stronger, and this extraordinarily talented, dedicated, and tireless team of public servants will ensure that our work continues without interruption". Kristen Gillibrand, both Democrats, called for his resignation in light of the allegations. "In the last several hours, serious allegations, which I strongly contest, have been made against me", he said in a statement. "I therefore resign my office, effective at the close of business on May 8".

Two of the women spoke on the record to The New Yorker. For my daughter and for all women. "Yet apparently he intends to revictimize these courageous women who have come forward by pulling out that age old sexist trope that they wanted it", said Debra Katz, a lawyer for Manning Barish. "I could not", Manning Barish wrote on Twitter after the story was published.

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Two other women, who were not named, said they experienced similar violence in their relationships with Schneiderman. She stood beside Schneiderman when he announced a settlement previous year with a hospital that had been billing rape victims for exams. "With men in Washington doing whatever they can to undermine women's freedom and equality, I'll do everything in my power to fight back and protect New Yorkers". "She will provide good stewardship for the office and she's a total professional", he said.

And if all that's not chilling enough, Selvaratnam said that Schneiderman warned her that he could have her followed and could have her phone tapped.

Schneiderman has long championed women's causes and has been a vocal supporter of the Me Too movement.

Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 70 women, including rape. Now he's out, having resigned shortly after multiple shocking allegations of sexual abuse were lodged against him in a New Yorker article. The company later fired Weinstein. There was already a Republican running against Schneiderman, a Republican who was going to get trounced. He has also played a large part in being an open critic and opponent of Donald Trump. Last month, he asked lawmakers to change the state's double jeopardy law to exempt presidential pardons, which would mean he and local prosecutors could try people at the state level for crimes that have already been tried in federal court.

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