New York attorney general resigns after report on abuse allegations

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, an outspoken advocate of the #MeToo movement who filed a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein over sexual harassment, abruptly resigned late Monday after The New Yorker reported that four women had accused him of physically abusing them. All four had romantic relationships with Schneiderman, a liberal Democrat. Two of the women, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, said Schneiderman, 63, slapped and choked them. Schneiderman said he “strongly” contested the allegations, but that they would prevent him from doing his job. Schneiderman said in a statement to The New Yorker that he had “engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity” in private, but had “not assaulted anyone.” The women said the violence was not consensual.

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