Four women accused Schneiderman of abusing them while in romantic relationships in an account published by The New Yorker. Two of the women who spoke on the record said the state’s top law enforcement official had choked and hit them repeatedly, and both had sought medical treatment.
“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.”
Schneiderman, 63, denied harming the women in a statement on Twitter, saying, “I have not assaulted anyone.”
Cuomo, who is facing a primary challenge from Sex and the City star and activist Cynthia Nixon, has been quick to embrace the #MeToo movement. In March, he directed Scheiderman to investigate Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., and his handling of a 2015 sexual assault allegation against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.