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Four Women Accuse New York’s Attorney General of Physical Abuse

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Four women are accusing New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman of physical violence, startling allegations against a rising Democratic figure who has publicly advocated for causes close to the #MeToo movement.

The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow report that four women who dated or had romantic encounters with the politician say he engaged in “nonconsensual physical violence.”

Two of the women spoke on record: Michelle Manning Barish, a political activist in liberal circles; and Tanya Selvaratnam, an author, actor, and film producer who also champions progressive causes.

Mayer and Farrow write that the two women did so because they felt they could protect other women. They described a pattern of threats and abuse:

They allege that he repeatedly hit them, often after drinking, frequently in bed and never with their consent. Manning Barish and Selvaratnam categorize the abuse he inflicted on them as “assault.” They did not report their allegations to the police at the time, but both say that they eventually sought medical attention after having been slapped hard across the ear and face, and also choked. Selvaratnam says that Schneiderman warned her he could have her followed and her phones tapped, and both say that he threatened to kill them if they broke up with him. (Schneiderman’s spokesperson said that he “never made any of these threats.”)

TVNL Update:  Eric Schneiderman has resigned his post as NY Attorney General, effective May 8, 2018.

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