Eric Schneiderman, the Attorney General for the state of New York, has been a liberal champion of multiple leftist causes, including the #MeToo movement. In fact, he was even an outspoken feminist #MeToo ‘champion’ who took action against the disgraced Harvey Weinstein.
In an interesting twist, four women have come forward and accused Schneiderman of being physically abusive during their relationships. One woman even claimed that he beat her and called her his ‘brown slave.’ These claims led the besieged New York Attorney General to resign his position, saying that he could no longer be effective at “leading the office’s work at this critical time.”
Multiple women have accused the now-former AG of a number of physical assaults, though many seemed terrified of coming forward, saying that they feared reprisals from the government official and his office.
According to the pair in interviews with The New Yorker, a generally left-wing publication, he was violent, often when drinking.
Furthermore, they said that he frequently struck them, often while in the bedroom, and never with their consent.
Both said that they eventually had to seek medical attention for injuries received at his hands, after being slapped hard across the face and ear. They also reported that he choked them, again without their consent.
Tanya Selvaratnam, a feminist progressive and author of “The Big Lie: Motherhood, Feminism, and the Reality of the Biological Clock,” met Schneiderman in 2016 at the Democrat National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
According to her account, he began to demand she spends more time with him, and then began physically abusing her in the bedroom. She said that it “wasn’t consensual,” but rather “abusive, demeaning, threatening behavior.”
She also said that when he was violent he would make ‘sexual demands,’ and that he was “obsessed with having a threesome,” stating it was Selvaratnam’s job to find a woman to be the third. She claimed that he would hit her until she agreed to find this third partner.
He also demanded that she call him her ‘master,’ slapping her until she complied, and called her his ‘brown slave.’ For a progressive leftist, it seems fairly offensive to call a woman born in Sri Lanka his slave.
Eventually, she said, almost every sexual encounter between the two involved physical abuse, leading her to label him a “misogynist and sexual sadist.”
The pair said that he threatened to kill them if they broke up with him, though his spokesperson disputed this account, saying that he never made “any of these threats” they alleged he made.
They also said that a third former romantic partner told them he repeatedly physically assaulted her, but that she was too scared to come forward due to his threats.
A fourth former partner, an attorney of some renown in the legal community in New York, had a story equally shocking to tell. She said that the disgraced AG made romantic advances toward her, and that when she rebuffed his advances, he slapped her.
The mark from this assault remained through the next day, according to the attorney. She recalled screaming when he slapped her, both out of surprise and pain, and said she felt frightened. To corroborate her story, she provided a photograph of the injury, though she preferred to remain anonymous to avoid backlash.
Manning Barish was involved in a relationship with Schneiderman from summer 2013 until New Year’s Day, 2015, while Selvaratnam was involved with him from summer 2016 until fall 2017.
Though some have suggested their revelations are politically motivated, both are progressive feminist women who felt the need to speak out against a man they saw profiting from the #MeToo movement after abusing them.
Schneiderman, who filed civil-rights charges against Weinstein four months after the story of his sexual misconduct became national news, has received multiple awards from feminist organizations. Just last week, on May 1, 2018, the National Institute for Reproductive Health proclaimed him one of their three annual “Champions of Choice” and celebrated him at their annual fund-raising lunch.
His political career includes a 12-year stint in the New York State Senate, which he was a member of from 1998 to 2010. During that time, he crafted a bill that included specific penalties for strangulation.
This bill made ‘life-threatening strangulation’ a crime, and also criminalized cases involving ‘an intent to impede breathing,’ which are currently punishable under New York law that HE WROTE by up to a year in prison.
The account of the anonymous New York attorney, which stems from a 2016 encounter, may provide some illumination to his thought processes behind his violent actions.
According to the attorney, an accomplished Ivy-League graduate who worked with the Attorney General’s office before, the encounter began with an invitation to a party in the Hamptons. Then, a man in the AG’s security detail drove her to the next destination, allegedly another party.
She arrived to find that there was no party, and that the security officer left her alone at the property where Schneiderman was staying.
She said that they began ‘making out,’ but that he said things she found simply repulsive, including a statement that professional women with important jobs and children had so many decisions to make that when it came to sexual encounters, they wanted men to take charge.
By her account, he then became sexually aggressive and insulting, demeaning her dignity before slapping her across the face twice.
When she demanded to be taken home, the New York Attorney General, still intoxicated from the earlier party (where he drank heavily), drove her home, leaving the unnamed woman terrified that he would not only kill her, but also another driver.
These tales paint a picture of an abusive and horrific relationship, a relationship which both Selvaratnam and Barish said that they had difficulty leaving, feeling that they could ‘change’ the attorney general, and worrying about what he would do if they left.
The more that comes out about his actions in personal relationships, the more questionable his professional career becomes, and the more it seems like he abused his power and authority as the top law enforcement officer in the state of New York to threaten women after mistreating them.
The statement his office released admitted no fault and contested the allegations, but suggested that the allegations would make it impossible for him to continue his work on behalf of New York.
It sounds like maybe the next New York Attorney General should investigate his or her predecessor and the very serious nature of accusations against him. These four women (and any others he abused) deserve justice, and the truth of his conduct needs to be brought to the light of day.
Until then, he seems like just another progressive hypocrite, preaching feminist talking points in public to assuage his conscience for his horrific conduct in private. The same man that New York Magazine declared New York’s “definitive liberal” who tried to pull the Democrat Party in the state back to its “progressive roots,” who became “a gatekeeper to the left,” appears to have repeatedly committed sexual violence against women, and there should be a reckoning.