Eric Schneiderman left his position as attorney general of New York in disgrace after several woman accused him of abusive behavior that belied his public persona of a feminist ally.
In a new book, accuser Tanya Selvaratnam describes how her initial attraction to Schneiderman’s liberal, anti-Trump image led to getting trapped in a relationship with an abusive man who allegedly threatened to kill her, the New York Post reported.
Allegedly threatened to kill girlfriend
“He was the Attorney General of New York State, and was getting national recognition as a progressive hero and a key ally of the ‘Me Too’ movement,” Selvaratnam writes in Assume Nothing: A Story of Intimate Violence.
Schneiderman was also an outspoken critic of Donald Trump’s “attacks on civil liberties and vulnerable communities.” But the virtue signaling and moral preening turned out to be a superficial performance.
As Selvaratnam got to know Schneiderman, she discovered an abusive drunkard with an addiction to sleeping pills and anxiety medications.
According to Selvaratnam, he would slap, choke and spit at her during sex until she called him “Master” or “Daddy,” called her his “brown slave” and demanded that she find a third partner for a ménage à trois. “Over time, the slaps got harder and began to be accompanied by demands,” she wrote.
Schneiderman took his phony image to great lengths: although he publicly pursued Harvey Weinstein in the #MeToo reckoning, he was actually friends with the Hollywood mogul, she would learn.
Threatened to spy on, kill her
Schneiderman allegedly threatened to leverage his power to have Selvaratnam stalked — and even killed — if she ever left him.
“I was scared to come forward because he had told me he could have me followed. He could have my phone tapped,” she said. “On some occasions, he said if we broke up he would have to kill me.”
She finally left after nearly a year, with some help from a domestic violence expert. “Writing Assume Nothing was painful and emotional, but it was also liberating,” she said.
Schneiderman resigned from his post in 2018 after four women came forward with claims of physical abuse and sexual harassment. At the time, he said he “engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity” but “never engaged in nonconsensual sex, which is a line I would not cross.”
Since then, Schneiderman has reportedly started a new life as a meditation instructor, according to the Post.