In the Trump-Weinstein era, the chickens have come home to roost, and yesterday, in the course of about 3 hours NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman went from rooster to capon. Reliable Sources email thingie tell us:
6:47pm: The New Yorker publishes its investigation into Eric Schneiderman. Headline: “Four Women Accuse New York’s Attorney General of Physical Abuse.”
9:46pm: Schneiderman resigns.
This was a stunning turn of events for several reasons. Schneiderman was an outspoken proponent of the #MeToo movement. His office is suing Harvey and Bob Weinstein. Just a few weeks ago, he publicly congratulated the NYT and The New Yorker for winning a Pulitzer for uncovering Weinstein’s abuse. Little did he know that The New Yorker was looking into allegations against him.
Axios gives us the bullet point in their morning email thingie:
- Schneiderman “has long been a liberal Democratic champion of women’s rights, and recently he has become an outspoken figure in the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.”
- “As his prominence as a voice against sexual misconduct has risen, so, too, has the distress of four women with whom he has had romantic relationships or encounters.”
- “[T]wo of the women, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, have talked to The New Yorker on the record, because they feel that doing so could protect other women.
- “They allege that he repeatedly hit them, often after drinking, frequently in bed and never with their consent.”
Unbelievably, Schneiderman said in his defense:
“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 non-consensual sex, which is a line I would not cross.”
…and then he crossed it, and then he resigned.
We have so few heroes, and the few we do have are so fatally flawed. Schneiderman was great with prosecuting the perps like Weinstein, and the whole while he wasn’t much better.