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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he's resigning as the state's highest law enforcement official, hours after a report in which four women accused him of physical violence.

Schneiderman's office filed the Weinstein lawsuit in February "to remedy a years-long gender-based hostile work environment, a pattern of quid pro quo sexual harassment and routine misuse of corporate resources for unlawful ends that extended from in or about 2005 through at least in or about October 2017", according to court documents.

NY lawmakers will carry on trying to close a "loophole" that could shield people from state prosecution if they've received a presidential pardon - without the bill's high-profile champion, former state attorney general Eric Schneiderman.

Separately, Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea has discussed an "investigative game plan" with Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance and detectives will contact the women behind the "very serious allegations", NYPD Commissioner James P. O'Neill told reporters.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said after a closed-door meeting with fellow Democrats who control the chamber that they discussed the protocols of appointing a successor to Schneiderman, but haven't talked about specific candidates. 'Oh, don't say anything. "While I too am stunned by the recent developments involving AG Schneiderman, please know that we will investigate any incident that may have occurred in Albany County".

As a NY state senator, Schneiderman led the push to oust Hiram Monserrate, a fellow Democrat convicted of misdemeanor assault against his girlfriend.

But, Vacco said, what's most surprising, is the level of Schneiderman's hypocrisy. In New York, she worked in senior positions in state and federal prosecutors' offices in Brooklyn and Queens. "I have never engaged in non-consensual sex".

Fox News requested comment from several New York Democrats as to whether they were aware of any of the allegations facing Schneiderman ahead of The New Yorker article.

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The article ricocheted around the NY and national political scene at a quark's pace, leading to nearly immediate calls for Schneiderman's resignation from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a fellow Democrat, and other officials, and his almost-as-speedy, almost-grudging acceptance of his political fate.

For the past several months, Schneiderman has made his stance on the front lines of the growing movement against workplace and other sexual misconduct. When she fought back and managed to free herself, she says, he accused her of scratching him and said "hitting an officer of the law is a felony". "I could not remain silent and encourage other women to be fearless for me", Ms Manning Barish wrote on Twitter after the story was published.

"It's so devastating on so many levels because he did great things in office, as a state senator, as attorney general", said Linda Rosenthal, a Democratic assemblywoman from the Upper West Side, who has known Schneiderman since before his political career began.

He also has been a longtime critic of President Donald Trump, and has been part of several efforts to push back against some of his actions in the White House, like the rescinding of protection for immigrants brought to the US illegally as children. Solicitor General Barbara Underwood automatically becomes acting attorney general.

Schneiderman - who had been running for re-election - announced his resignation Monday night.

Spitzer, 58, was a popular governor of NY when his career collapsed in 2008 amid a prostitution scandal.

"I think violence is relatively rare", he said.

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