NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman accused of physical abuse

Four women who have been romantically involved with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) have come forward with accusations that he physically abused them, according to accounts published by The New Yorker on Monday.

Two of the women, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, told the outlet that Schneiderman, 63, “repeatedly hit them, often after drinking, frequently in bed and never with their consent,” forcing them to seek medical attention. Manning Barish recounted Schneiderman “shaking me and grabbing my face,” demanding that she repeat lines such as “I’m a little whore,” and threatening her that “If you ever left me, I’d kill you.”

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Schneiderman did not immediately return HuffPost’s request for comment, but he tweeted, “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.”

His relationships with the two women occurred between 2013 and 2017.

The New Yorker also vetted two other women’s similar accounts. They chose to remain unidentified.

The women said they were motivated to share their stories after witnessing Schneiderman become a vocal advocate against sexual misconduct during the rise of the Me Too movement in recent months. His efforts to combat abuse, including by filing a civil rights lawsuit against disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein, have received wide praise from women’s organizations.

Weeks ahead of The New Yorker’s bombshell report, Schneiderman tweeted his accolades to the outlet and The New York Times for their Pulitzer Prize-winning reports on sexual misconduct in Hollywood, politics, media and tech.

Manning Barish accused Schneiderman of being emotionally abusive as well, describing his attempts to control her body by demanding she remove a tattoo and lose weight.

Selvaratnam described similar interactions, calling Schneiderman “a misogynist and a sexual sadist.” She said his violence became worse after President Donald Trump won the presidency because Schneiderman was angry he wouldn’t have a chance at a role in the White House.

This story has been updated with additional information about the accusations and a statement from Schneiderman.

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  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.