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New York AG resigns amid abuse allegations

Bernama  |  Published:  |  Modified:

New York State Attorney-General Eric Schneiderman (above) resigned on Monday amid an explosive article that four women had accused him of physical abuse, Xinhua news agency reported.

"It was my great honour and privilege to serve as attorney-general for the people of the State of New York, In the last several hours, serious allegations, which I strongly contest, have been made against me.

"While these allegations are unrelated to my professional conduct or operations of the office, they will effectively prevent me from leading the office at this critical time,” Schneiderman,63, wrote in a statement.

The resignation of New York State's top law enforcement officer came hours after The New Yorker released a story in which four women accused Schneiderman of physically abusing them.

Earlier, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo in a statement urged Schneiderman to resign in the light of "the damning pattern of facts and corroboration" in the magazine’s article.

Schneiderman was a strong supporter of "Me Too" movement and filed a suit against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, alleging civil and human rights violations, stemming from his alleged sexual misconduct.

- Bernama

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