NY Attorney General resigns, what does that mean for #MeToo?

  • NY Attorney General resigns, what does that mean for #MeToo?

NY Attorney General resigns, what does that mean for #MeToo?

In March, Mr. Cuomo had directed Mr. Schneiderman to review how the Manhattan district attorney's office and the New York Police Department handle sexual assault complaints, including a 2015 sexual assault allegation against Mr. Weinstein.

The Manhattan District Attorney's office has opened a criminal investigation into these allegations against Schneiderman.

His sudden and spectacular downfall - Schneiderman announced his resignation hours Monday after four women emerged to describe in detail how he had physically assaulted them - has raised questions of whether a powerful office at the heart of the Democratic legal resistance could be sidelined and besmirched by scandal. It was really bad. "I have not assaulted anyone", he said.

The solicitor general will replace State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who promptly resigned after several women he had a relationship with accused him of physical abuse.

A spokesman for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said the office is opening an investigation.

The state's Solicitor General, Barbara Underwood, will serve as acting Attorney General.

Schneiderman initially denied assaulting anyone or ever engaging in non-consensual sex, and his office also released a statement from his ex-wife attesting to his "outstanding values".

Still, the governor said he recognizes the Legislature's constitutional duty to convene in joint session and name a successor, which could grant an early advantage to one candidate.

Another former girlfriend, Tanya Selvaratnam, told The New Yorker that "Sometimes, he'd tell me to call him "master, ' and he'd slap me until I did ...he started calling me his 'brown slave" and demanding that I repeat that I was 'his property'".

"I think the article was graphic and definitive in the reporting of the statements, the actions, the behavior, the corroboration".

Schneiderman's ex-wife, Jennifer Cunningham, came to his defense Monday evening, saying that the allegations "are completely inconsistent with the man I know".

Jennifer Cunningham, Mr Schneiderman's ex-wife, released a statement on Monday saying: "I've known Eric for almost 35 years as a husband, father, and friend". Those efforts are likely to be slowed, if not significantly hampered, as NY scrambles to replace Schneiderman, Muzzio said.

"She's an extraordinarily competent woman, so I have no fear in the immediate".

About a week before Rod Rosenstein appointed a special counsel to lead the Russian Federation investigation, a group of attorneys general from Democratic-leaning states sent him a joint letter imploring him to do exactly that.

"If you've got somebody who's pressing their hands around somebody's neck and she's screaming and he's pressing harder, you don't need much more evidence if you've got those facts in front of you", Gershman said.

But lawmakers resisted Spitzer's push and tapped one of their own, then Assemblyman Tom DiNapoli, who continues to hold the position after winning statewide elections in 2010 and 2014.

The shock of the allegations was shared inside the attorney general's office itself, which has a workforce of about 1,800 people, including 700 lawyers.