Former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman resigned, back in May, hours after a report said that he physically abused four women. He will not face criminal charges according to prosecutors.
A former New York State Attorney General named Eric Schneiderman is in some heat right now. He resigned from his job back in May, only hours after a report stated that he sexually and/or physically abused four women. He also learned that he will not be charged as a criminal according to a state prosecutor.
Schneiderman, a Democrat, gained popularity when he fought for women's rights, simply had to resign in May when the story broke the news. It was a report done by New Yorker Magazine that said Schneiderman would strike or choke the women. He was vocally supportive of the #MeToo movement as well.
Schneiderman said that "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."
Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas investigated the allegations. She was appointed special prosecutor by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
"I believe the women who shared their experiences with our investigation team," Singas said in a statement obtained by WNBC-TV. "However, legal impediments, including statutes of limitations, preclude criminal prosecution."
One of Schneiderman's victims, Michelle Manning Barish, dated him in 2013 and 2014, and told the New Yorker he would slap and choke her without her consent.
He admitted to the magazine in a statement that, "In the privacy of intimate relationships, I have engaged in role-playing and other consensual activity," but maintained "I have not assaulted anyone."
Announcing his resignation, Schneiderman said "I strongly contest" the allegations.
I need an admission of wrongdoing. An apology. And the $8.5 million dollars in campaign contributions donated to women's shelters and domestic abuse programs in NY. Or I will fight.— M Manning Barish (@MichelleBarish) November 8, 2018
Barish wants an apology and $8.5 million in campaign contributions donated to women's shelters and domestic abuse programs in NY or she plans to fight.
She got one.
In a statement obtained by NBC News, Schneiderman said, “I recognize that District Attorney Singas’ decision not to prosecute does not mean I have done nothing wrong. I accept full responsibility for my conduct in my relationships with my accusers, and for the impact it had on them.
After spending time in a rehab facility, I am committed to a lifelong path of recovery and making amends to those I have harmed. I apologize for any and all pain that I have caused, and I apologize to the people of the State of New York for disappointing them after they put their trust in me.”
I appreciate the District Attorney’s statement and will work to ensure that such legislation passes in NY state and elsewhere. I feel completely vindicated by Eric Schneiderman’s admission that he engaged in the abuse to which he subjected me and the other women.— M Manning Barish (@MichelleBarish) November 8, 2018
Eric Schneiderman's apology was free. It would have cost $8.5 million in campaign funds to be defiant!
Source: nbcnews, newyorker,