Four women have accused Attorney General Eric Schneiderman of sexual harassment and abuse, claiming he would get drunk and attack them during sex — punching and choking them without their permission.
Two of the women went on the record with the New Yorker to describe the violence they faced at the hands of the AG, who has become one of the leading voices against sexual misconduct in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
“You cannot be a champion of women when you are hitting them and choking them in bed, and saying to them, ‘You’re a f–king whore,’” explained one of the women, Manning Barish.
“His hypocrisy is epic,” she said. “He’s fooled so many people.”
Tanya Selvaratnam, the other accuser who spoke to the New Yorker on the record, insisted that the alleged abuse be labeled as “assault” — saying it resembled something you’d see Schneiderman condemning in court.
She described the AG, who is currently suing the Weinstein Co., as “a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” figure who made her “feel sick” as one of the leading proponents of the #MeToo movement.
“This is a man who has staked his entire career, his personal narrative, on being a champion for women publicly. But he abuses them privately,” Selvaratnam said. “He needs to be called out.”
In response to the allegations, Schneiderman said: “In the privacy of intimate relationships, I have engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity. I have not assaulted anyone.
I have never engaged in nonconsensual sex, which is a line I would not cross.”
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