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NY Attorney General Resigns Following Assault Accusations

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman abruptly resigned Monday night, hours after an article published by The New Yorker reported four women accusing him of physical abuse.

"It's been my great honor and privilege to serve as Attorney General for the people of the State of New York. In the last several hours, serious allegations, which I strongly contest, have been made against me," Schneiderman said in a statement. "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."

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had called for Schneiderman's resignation earlier Monday.

"No one is above the law, including New York's top legal officer," Cuomo said in a statement. "I will be asking an appropriate New York District Attorney to commence an immediate investigation, and proceed as the facts merit."

"My personal opinion is that, given the damning pattern of facts and corroboration laid out in the article, I do not believe it is possible for Eric Schneiderman to continue to serve as Attorney General, and for the good of the office, he should resign," he added.

The accusations come from women who have had romantic relationships and encounters with the democrat. 

Two of the women, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, told the magazine the violence was nonconsensual, and described the incidents occurring "often after drinking." The women also added that the attorney general had hit and chocked them, which they sought medical attention for. 

Two more women, who are unnamed, also accuse Schneiderman of physical assault in the news report,

In a troubling twist, Schneiderman has been a vocal proponent of the #MeToo movement. In February, he filed a civil rights lawsuit against The Board of the Weinstein Company and brothers Harvey and Bob Weinstein, alleging that top executives at the film company were aware of Weinstein's years of alleged sexual harassment and abuse, but did nothing.