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Eric Schneiderman, New York Attorney General, resigned after abuse allegations. Manhattan’s D.A. is now investigating him.

(WASHINGTON POST) Mark Berman, Marwa Eltagouri, May 8, 2018 — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman resigned Monday night, stepping down from office hours after he was accused of physically abusing four women in an article published by the New Yorker. The Manhattan district attorney’s office said it has launched an investigation into the allegations.

The women said Schneiderman, the top law enforcement official in New York state and a prominent opponent of President Trump, choked and repeatedly slapped them. In announcing his resignation, Schneiderman said he continued to “strongly contest” the allegations but felt he had to leave office.

“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.”

He said his resignation would be effective “at the close of business” on Tuesday, marking a sudden, stunning fall for a politician expected to one day run for governor in New York. They also showed again the power of allegations of physical and sexual misconduct in the #MeToo era, adding Schneiderman — who had advocated for women — to the lengthy list of high-profile men who have fallen from power after women came forward to make painful accusations.

via Eric Schneiderman, New York Attorney General, resigned after abuse allegations. Manhattan’s D.A. is now investigating him. – The Washington Post.