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New York attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, resigns over abuse claims

NEW YORK (AP) - The Latest on allegations of physical abuse against New York's attorney general (all times local):
    
10 p.m.
    
New York's attorney general has announced his resignation after four women accused the Democrat of physically abusing them.
    
Eric Schneiderman released a statement late Monday saying the allegations will "effectively prevent him from leading the office's work" and therefore will resign on the close of business on Tuesday.
    
Schneiderman says it's been a great honor and privilege to serve as attorney general. He says he strongly contests the allegations, which he calls unrelated to his professional conduct or operations of the office.
    
Two of the women spoke on the record to The New Yorker. They say Schneiderman repeatedly hit them, often after drinking, and without their consent.
    
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9:10 p.m.
    
New York's governor is calling for the state attorney general to resign amid allegations by four women who say he physically abused them.
    
In a statement Monday night, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) says he doesn't believe it's possible for Eric Schneiderman (SHNEYE'-dur-muhn) to serve as attorney general. He says "no one is above the law, including New York's top legal officer."
    
Cuomo also says he will be asking an appropriate district attorney to begin an immediate investigation.
    
Two of the women spoke on the record to The New Yorker . They say Schneiderman repeatedly hit them, often after drinking, and without their consent.
    
In a statement, Schneiderman says he engaged in "role-playing and other consensual sexual activity," but didn't assault anyone.
    
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8:10 p.m.
    
Four women who have had romantic relationships with New York's attorney general have accused him of physically abusing them.
    
Two of the women spoke on record to The New Yorker , which published their claims against Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (SHNEYE'-dur-muhn) on Monday.
    
Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam say Schneiderman repeatedly hit them, often after drinking, and without their consent.
    
Selvaratnam says the Democrat warned her he could have her followed or her phones tapped. Both say he threatened to kill them if they broke up with him.
    
A Schneiderman spokesman says he never made any threats. In a statement, Schneiderman says he engaged in "role-playing and other consensual sexual activity," but did not assault anyone.
    
The Associated Press is identifying the two women who spoke to The New Yorker because they agreed to tell their stories publicly.


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