Ronan Farrow fires back at Eric Schneiderman: 'This was not 50 Shades of Grey'

New Yorker reporter Ronan Farrow said the women who accused ex-New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman of sexual abuse flatly deny Schneiderman’s claim that he only engaged in consensual “role-playing.”

Farrow co-authored a story published Monday in which four women accused Schneiderman of abuse. It quickly led to Schneiderman’s resignation.

“A significant part of his response to this is to say that there was role-playing in his private life, and I just want to relate the message of one of these women — and it was a shared sentiment among this group — that this was not role playing,” Farrow said CNN’s “New Day” Tuesday.

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Several women have come forward accusing President Donald Trump of unwanted touching or kissing. Trump has called the sexual harassment claims 'fake news.'

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U.S. Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh was accused by numerous women of sexual assault, including Dr. Christine Blasey Ford who claimed he assaulted her when the two were high school students in Maryland.

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Bill Clinton faced numerous allegations of sexual assault and misconduct while he was president of the United States, with accusers including Juanita Broaddrick, who accused him of rape, Kathleen Willey who said he groped her and Paula Jones who said he exposed himself to her without consent.

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Roy Moore faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct with underaged girls.

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Several women have accused former President George H.W. Bush of groping them during photo ops.

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Sen. Al Franken resigned after he was accused of kissing and groping a woman without her consent during a United Service Organizations (USO) tour in 2006.

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A woman testified that her extra-martial affair with Missouri Governor Eric Greitens was not always consensual. The accuser claimed Greitens took a nude photo of her to use as blackmail and coerced her into having oral sex.

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was accused in May 2018 of physically abusing four women who he had been romantically involved with, according to The New Yorker.

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A former aide of Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., says she was fired after she refused his advances.

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Rep. Trent Franks, R-Arizona, resigned after he was accused of asking former female staffers to be surrogate mothers for his child. 

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Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., was accused of making unwanted sexual advances to multiple women.

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Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, was accused of using taxpayer money for a sexual harassment settlement with his former communications director, according to Politico. He announced in December that he wouldn't be seeking reelection. 

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Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) has been accused of unwanted sexual advances by former staffers.

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California Assemblymember Matt Dababneh was accused of masturbating in front of a woman in 2016, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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In 1992 multiple women came forward against Senator Brock Adams accusing him of sexually harassing, molesting or assaulting them.

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The Congressional Office of Compliance reportedly shelled out $100,000 to settle sexual harassment claims against U.S. Rep. Eric Massa, D-New York.

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Congressman Mark Foley, R-Florida, resigned in 2006 amid reports that he sent sexually explicit messages to at least one underage male former page. 

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Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., called a young former aide his 'soul mate,' but denied sexually harassing her.

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Rep. Dan Johnson, R-Kentucky, was facing sexual assault accusations and reportedly committed suicide.

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Former U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner was sentenced in 2017 after pleading guilty to one count of sending obscene messages to a minor, ending an investigation into a "sexting" scandal that played a role in the 2016 US presidential election.

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Former U.S. Rep. David Wu, D-Oregon, resigned from his position in 2011 after accusations of an 'unwanted sexual encounter' from the 18-year-old daughter of a donor.

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Former Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain dropped out of the race in December 2011 amid accusations of sexual misconduct.

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Former U.S. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison in 2016 for attempting to skirt banking regulations in order to conceal hush money payments intended to cover up sex abuse allegations stemming from the time he was a high school wrestling coach at a far west suburban Chicago high school decades ago.

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“That this was not ’50 Shades of Grey.’ It wasn’t in a gray area at all. This was activity that happened in many cases fully clothed outside of a sexual context during arguments. In one case a woman wasn’t even in a relationship at all with him,” Farrow said.

In a statement Monday to Farrow and co-author Jane Mayer, Schneiderman insisted that his conduct was not assault.

“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,” he said.

Mayer and Farrow’s report documented four accounts of sexual misconduct against Schneiderman, who has aligned himself with feminist causes and sued Harvey Weinstein for civil rights violations after the disgraced movie mogul was accused of sexual misconduct. You can watch the Farrow interview above.

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 30: New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman speaks at a press conference announcing new guidelines and testing standards that GNC will adhere to for their herbal supplements and extracts on March 30, 2015 in New York City. After testing hermal supplements and extracts from various retailers last year and finding false ingredients in their products, the attorney general's office subpoenaed GNC and other providers to further investigate their products. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
New York State governor Andrew Cuomo (L) and New York State attorney general Eric Schneiderman attend a rally to celebrate the passage of the minimum wage for fast-food workers by the New York State Fast Food Wage Board in New York July 22, 2015. New York state moved on Wednesday to raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 an hour in New York City by the end of 2018 and in the rest of the state by mid-2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
FILE PHOTO: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman speaks at a news conference to announce a state-based effort to combat climate change in New York, New York, U.S. March 29, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 19: New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (L) and Actress Mariska Hargitay attend the John Jay College 50th Anniversary Gala at John Jay College on May 19, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman speaks during a press conference about a settlement announced against the Bank Of America in the Manhattan borough of New York August 21, 2014. The Attorney General announced a record breaking $16.65 billion settlement with the Bank of America. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW BUSINESS POLITICS HEADSHOT)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden attend the 2011 Game Changers Awards at Skylight SOHO on October 18, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 3: (L to R) New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman speaks as Acting Brooklyn Attorney General Eric Gonzalez looks on during a press conference to call for an end of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in New York state courts, August 3, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. During remarks, Attorney General Schneiderman stated that 'targeting immigrants at our courthouses undermines our criminal justice system and threatens public safety.' (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Savannah Guthrie and Eric Schneiderman appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: John Lewis and Eric Schneiderman attend the Gordon Parks Foundation Awards Dinner & Auction at Cipriani 42nd Street on June 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Eric Schneiderman attends the 2013 Ripple of Hope awards dinner at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City. ?? LAN (Photo by Lars Niki/Corbis via Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 553 -- Pictured: (l-r) Attorney General Eric Schneiderman talks with host Seth Meyers during an interview on July 18, 2017 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: Ronald O. Perelman and Eric Schneiderman attend the Gordon Parks Foundation Awards Dinner & Auction at Cipriani 42nd Street on June 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Eric Schneiderman, attorney general of New York, speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. Schneiderman explained the concept of 'sanctuary cities' in the United States and discussed President Donald Trump's threat to cut funding for those cities to punish their stances on immigration. Photographer: Kholood Eid/Bloomberg via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: Christine Taylor and Eric Schneiderman attend the Gordon Parks Foundation Awards Dinner & Auction at Cipriani 42nd Street on June 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman speaks during a press conference at the office of the New York Attorney General, September 13, 2016 in New York City. Schneiderman announced the results of an 'Operation Child Tracker', ongoing investigation into illegal online tracking of children at dozens of the nation's 'most recognizable childrens' websites. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: Sherry Bronfman and Eric Schneiderman attend the Gordon Parks Foundation Awards Dinner & Auction at Cipriani 42nd Street on June 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 09: Dwayne Ashley, NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and Jazz at Lincoln Center Chairman Bob Appel attend the Jazz at Lincoln Center 2016 Gala 'Jazz and Broadway' honoring Diana and Joe Dimenna and Ahmad Jamal at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on May 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Jazz At Lincoln Center)
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