The Attorney General of New York, a longtime enemy of President Donald J. Trump and important figure in Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller’s ongoing “Russian collusion” investigation has been accused of physical assault by four women, first reported by The New Yorker.
“[The women] accuse [Eric] Schneiderman of having subjected them to nonconsensual physical violence,” the report says. “All have been reluctant to speak out, fearing reprisal. But two of the women, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, have talked to The New Yorker on the record, because they feel that doing so could protect other women.”
The abuse, called “assault” by at least one of the women, usually came in bed after Schneiderman had been drinking.
“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,” the report says. “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 has been a popular figure in the #MeToo movement, and has been awarded for his public feminism. He has also spearheaded the case against scumbag producer Harvey Weinstein, the inspiration for the movement itself.
We are in the midst of one of the most coordinated assaults on women’s reproductive rights since Roe v. Wade was decided.
We will continue to use every tool at our disposal to protect women while their fundamental rights are under siege. #IStandWithPP
— Eric Schneiderman (@AGSchneiderman) April 18, 2018
“We are in the midst of one of the most coordinated assaults on women’s reproductive rights since Roe v. Wade was decided. We will continue to use every tool at our disposal to protect women while their fundamental rights are under siege.
#IStandWithPP,” he tweeted in April.
This Tweet, also from April did not age well either:
Without the reporting of the @nytimes and the @newyorker—and the brave women and men who spoke up about the sexual harassment they endured at the hands of powerful men—there would not be the critical national reckoning underway. A well-deserved honor: https://t.co/h4QMPzEU5c
— Eric Schneiderman (@AGSchneiderman) April 16, 2018
“Without the reporting of the
@nytimes and the @newyorker—and the brave women and men who spoke up about the sexual harassment they endured at the hands of powerful men—there would not be the critical national reckoning underway,” he wrote. “A well-deserved honor.”
The National Institute for Reproductive Health honored him as one of three “Champions of Choice” at its annual fund-raising luncheon in May.
“If a woman cannot control her body, she is not truly equal,” Schneiderman said at the event.
“You cannot be a champion of women when you are hitting them and choking them in bed, and saying to them, ‘You’re a fucking whore,’”said Manning Barish, one of Schneiderman’s victims. “How can you put a perpetrator in charge of the country’s most important sexual-assault case?” she said of Weinstein case.
“It was horrendous,” Bush said. “It just came out of nowhere. My ear was ringing. I lost my balance and fell backward onto the bed. I sprang up, but at this point there was very little room between the bed and him. I got up to try to shove him back, or take a swing, and he pushed me back down. He then used his body weight to hold me down, and he began to choke me. The choking was very hard. It was really bad. I kicked. In every fibre, I felt I was being beaten by a man.”
This pattern of behavior is consistent among his four accusers.
Schneiderman denies the abuse, calling it “consensual.”
“In the privacy of intimate relationships, I have engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity,” he said in a statement. “I have not assaulted anyone. I have never engaged in nonconsensual sex, which is a line I would not cross.”
As reported by Politico, Schneiderman and Robert Mueller have made quite the pair, investigating Paul Manafort together as part of a broad investigation into “collusion” with the Russian government in the 2016 election.
“The two teams have shared evidence and talked frequently in recent weeks about a potential case, these people said,” the report says. “One of the people familiar with progress on the case said both Mueller’s and Schneiderman’s teams have collected evidence on financial crimes, including potential money laundering.”
Schneiderman is a longtime foe of President Trump, having won a $25 million settlement against Trump University in 2016, which Trump settled “just to have the matter behind him.”
The lightweight hack Schneiderman told Ivanka that the “case is weak" and more. Meets with Obama & then files one day later.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2013
“The lightweight hack Schneiderman told Ivanka that the “case is weak” and more,” Trump tweeted of the lawsuit. “Meets with Obama & then files [suit] one day later.”
Lightweight A.G. Eric Schneiderman, who has been a total failure in office, failed to report the 98% approval rating of students for courses
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 25, 2013
“Lightweight A.G. Eric Schneiderman, who has been a total failure in office, failed to report the 98% approval rating of students for courses,” Trump continued.
Perhaps most telling, it appears that Trump may have known firsthand about Schneiderman’s not-so-gentlemanly behavior:
Weiner is gone, Spitzer is gone – next will be lightweight A.G. Eric Schneiderman. Is he a crook? Wait and see, worse than Spitzer or Weiner
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2013