New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman resigns over abuse allegations

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman speaks during a rally in support of the Affordable Care Act, Monday, July 17, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

New York's attorney general announced his resignation after four women accused the Democrat of physically abusing them.

Eric Schneiderman released a statement late Monday saying the allegations will "effectively prevent him from leading the office's work" and therefore will resign on the close of business on Tuesday.

Here is his 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."

Schneiderman says it's been a great honor and privilege to serve as attorney general. He says he strongly contests the allegations, which he calls unrelated to his professional conduct or operations of the office.

Two of the women spoke on the record to The New Yorker. They say Schneiderman repeatedly hit them, often after drinking, and without their consent.
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