New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has resigned, following a report on allegations of assault by women in The New Yorker.
Schneiderman said in a statement.
“It’s been my great honor 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 the operations of the office, they will effectively prevent me from leading the office’s work at this critical time. I therefore resign my office, effective at the close of business on May 8, 2018”
Shortly after he announced his resignation, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office said they had opened an investigation into the allegations against Schneiderman.
His swift resignation, which came just hours after The New Yorker published its report, is a shocking fall from grace for a once rising star in Democratic politics.
Schneiderman had cast himself as a fierce opponent and critic of President Donald Trump. Schneiderman has also been a vocal proponent of the #MeToo movement, bringing legal action in New York against film producer Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexually assaulting women.