Two of his ex-girlfriends told New Yorker magazine that he was a "Jekyll and Hyde" who "hit them, often after drinking". "In the privacy of intimate relationships, I have engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity", he said in a statement.
Schneiderman had not only positioned himself as a green champion, but also as a champion for women. "The work of this office is critically important", she said.
Zephyr Teachout, who challenged Cuomo in the 2014 gubernatorial Democratic primary, tweeted that she might be interested, saying that she is "seriously considering running for attorney general". "We owe a debt of gratitude to the courageous women who came forward to expose him".
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. Schneiderman said the company broke NY law by failing to protect employees from "pervasive sexual harassment, intimidation and discrimination".
Schneiderman's departure from the public scene removes a longtime nemesis of Donald Trump, one whose latest project targeting the president remains unfinished: Last month, Schneiderman announced that his office had concluded that NY law might protect someone who has received a presidential pardon for federal crimes from prosecution under state law.
Updated at 9:54 a.m. with acting state attorney general selected; updated at 12:20 p.m. with statement by acting state attorney general Underwood. "I have not assaulted anyone", Schneiderman said. Under the New York Constitution, a vacancy in the office is filled by the state Legislature.
Multiple reports have pointed out the possibility of a conflict because Schneiderman had been directed by Gov. Cuomo to investigate how Vance's office handled its investigation of sexual assault allegations against disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.
While Trump hadn't commented on Schneiderman's resignation as of Tuesday morning, Conway wasn't the only vocal member of the president's staff. Donald Trump Jr. was also quick to dig into Schneiderman in a series of tweets. "I have never engaged in non-consensual sex".
A spokesman for the Manhattan District Attorney's office said they had opened an investigation into the allegations.
"Domestic violence continues to be one of the most underreported crimes and we applaud victims for their strength and courage in coming forward to share their experiences", Soares said in an email to the Chronicle.
"Without the reporting of the @nytimes and the @newyorker_and the fearless women and men who spoke up about the sexual harassment they endured at the hands of powerful men_there would not be the critical national reckoning underway".
At a press conference in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio condemned Schneiderman, calling the allegations against him "horrifying", "disgusting", and "unacceptable". He led a coalition of state AGs suing EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt over rule changes to the Clean Water Act, and helped in the effort to protect President Obama's Clean Power Plan.