NY AG Eric Schneiderman Says He Never “Assaulted Anyone” After Shocking New Yorker Claims

By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Dominic Patten

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who has taken legal action against disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein, is defending himself against his own #MeToo allegations.

Four women who claimed they had romantic relationships or encounters with Schneiderman have told the New Yorker magazine in a piece published today that they were subjected to nonconsensual physical violence by the Empire State politician. Two of the women, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, spoke with the publication on the record, saying they were doing so to protect others.

The women allege Schneiderman repeatedly hit them, often after drinking, frequently in bed.

In office in New York since 2011 and a critic of President Donald Trump as well as disgraced producer Weinstein, Schneiderman responded via Twitter with a statement, saying he did not “cross the line.”

“I’ve known Eric for nearly 35 years as a husband, father and friend,” Schneiderman’s ex-wife Jennifer Cunningham said in a separate statement. “These allegations are completely inconsistent with the man I know, who has always been someone of the highest character, outstanding values and a loving father. I find it impossible to believe these allegations are true.”

It is unclear whether the ambitious Schneiderman will survive in office after these allegations with the moral high ground he has claimed in the past. Currently the NY AG’s office has an ongoing investigation and February filed civil rights lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company for “a years-long gender-based hostile work environment, a pattern of quid pro quo sexual harassment, and routine misuse of corporate resources for unlawful ends.”

Indeed, one advocacy group already has called for Schneiderman’s resignation.

“The actions of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman are horrific,” said Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of UltraViolet. “This is unacceptable in any scenario, but especially so when the abuser is the chief law enforcement officer for the State of New York. Schneiderman must resign. Immediately. If he fails to do so, Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature must take immediate action to remove him from office.”

Stepping into the sticky TWC situation, Schneiderman was personally engaged in talks late this winter with investors Maria Contreras-Sweet and Ron Burkle to ensure tens of millions would be provided to compensate victim of Weinstein and employees would be protected. Despite all that, the Contreras-Sweet and Burkle deal to take over TWC collapsed this spring and the company is now in the throes of Chapter 11.

Late last month, the NY AG jumped back in with an open letter to potential bidders of the husk of a company.

“Our requests of each of the stakeholders are straightforward,” Schneiderman wrote. “Bidders should propose bid enhancements that set aside financial resources to compensate and provide support services for injured employees and industry talent, both of whom are essential to the company’s future success.”

With rumors flying around all day that a Trump foe was about to take a hit, the New York Attorney General’s words take on an extra facet with these new allegations.

This article was printed from https://deadline.com/2018/05/nyag-schneiderman-says-never-assaulted-anyone-new-yorker-probe-1202384468/