Eric Schneiderman Ousted on Assault Allegations

The Story:

On May 7, The New Yorker reported that four women allege that they were physically assaulted by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman between 2013 and 2016. Two of these women remain anonymous. The other two are: Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam.

The Allegations:

Each of the four accusers says that she was in a romantic relationship with Schneiderman during the period that he has served as State AG. Each says that during this relationship Schneiderman repeatedly became physically abusive: choking, slapping, or hitting them, without their consent.

Schneiderman told The New Yorker that he had merely engaged in “role playing” in the course of his intimate relationships. He insisted that it was all consensual.

The Thing to Know:

Schneiderman announced his resignation only three hours after publication of the magazine’s story. That, though, will not be the end of the matter. Governor Cuomo has ordered an investigation by the Nassau County district attorney, Madeline Singas, raising the possibility of criminal charges.

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