David Stone
NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in 2012. With him is Associate United States Attorney General, Tony West.
NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in 2012. With him is Associate United States Attorney General, Tony West.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman shocked New York State, last evening, resigning as of the close of business today. Four women, with each of whom he'd been romantically involved, stepped forward to accuse him of physical assaults, frequently involving sexual contact and heavy drinking.

In a statement, Schneiderman said, “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.”

Four women accused him of brutal physical assaults, including choking and hitting, as reported in a New Yorker article.

The rapid developments leading to Schneiderman's resignation are all the more stunning because he's been a vocal supporter of women's rights as well as the #MeToo Movement.

Schneiderman's replacement will be decided in a joint ballot of the the State Assembly and the Senate, according to New York's Constitution.