Transcript for NY attorney general to resign after abuse report
But begin with the breaking news, the stunning sudden resignation of New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman facing abuse allegations. Four women accusing him of physically assaulting them in a blockbuster "New Yorker" article and we'll speak with Ronan farrow, one of the reporters who broke the story but first linsey Davis with all the details. Good morning. Reporter: Good morning. The fall was swift. Just three hours after the "New Yorker" article wag published, Eric Schneiderman, one of the most powerful attorneys general in the country submitted his resignation. One of his accusers called coming forward an unusually difficult situation asking the question what do you do if your abuser is the top law enforcement enforcers in the state? New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman appeared to be an outspoken supporter of the #metoo movement taking legal action against Harvey Weinstein. We have never seen anything as despicable as what we've seen here. Reporter: Even issuing this tweet praising the brave women and men who spoke up about the sexual harassment they endured at the hands of you poorful men but now "New Yorker" magazine reports Schneiderman is facing abuse accusations of his own. Four women have come forward claiming they were physically attacked by the attorney general on multiple occasions during relationships he had with them. With two women, Michelle manning Barish and Tanya selvaratnam both Democrats and political activists speaking on the record saying the now former attorney general hit them, often after drinking, frequently in bed and never with their consent. Manning Barish said she dated him for nearly two years telling the "New Yorker" one night in his home he called her obscene names before he allegedly attacked me and slapped me open-handed and with great force across my face landing the blow on my ear. Overnight Schneiderman first denied the allegation saying in the privacy of intimate relationships I have engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity. I have not assaulted anyone. I have never engaged in nonconsensual sex which is a line I would not cross and after his resignation, he said, he strongly contests the accusations but adding, they will effectively prevent me from leading the office's work at this critical time. In a magazine selvaratnam calls Schneiderman a misogynist and sexual sadist saying she too was slapped on several encounterers. The Manhattan prosecutor is opening an investigation into his alleged behavior. Unfolding so fast. We'll bring in one of the "New
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