The New Yorker published a harrowing report Monday night that detailed allegations of physical abuse from four women against former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who resigned three hours later.
Schneiderman, who has resigned, has implied his conduct was either welcomed by the women, or was not as they described.
The allegations were stunning, given Schneiderman's record of advocating for women, including pursuing a case against movie producer Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of repeated assaults and attacks on women.
Schneiderman says he engaged in "role-playing and other consensual sexual activity", but didn't assault anyone.
As their relationship went on, Manning Barish said non-consensual slapping and hitting became more common, and that his violence was in complete contrast to his progressive public image she had liked. "Given the damning pattern of facts and corroboration laid out in the article, I do not believe it is possible for Eric Schneiderman to continue to serve".
The alleged victims said the violence was not consensual.
One of the women, Harvard-educated writer and filmmaker Tanya Selvaratnam, told The New Yorker that she dated Schneiderman for a year, during which he was sexually abusive. In a tweet, Cuomo said: "No one is above the law, including New York's top legal officer".
"This work isn't about one person, it's about the dedicated women and men in Attorneys General's offices around the country", Healey's statement said.
Mr Schneiderman became attorney general in 2010 and had meant to run for re-election to the post this year. Manhattan District Attoryney Cy Vance has now opened an investigation into the case.
The front page of Schneiderman's re-election campaign website on Monday night displayed his statement denying the accusations reported by the New Yorker, along with copies of news stories about his fight for abortion rights and a battle with the Trump administration.
Counsel to the governor, Alphonso David responded to Vance's criticism calling it "inappropriate and misguided" and said in a statement that the action was taken "to ensure both the integrity of the investigation and the public's confidence in the process". Not horror, or fury or sympathy for the victims who came forward. But he also acknowledged that the allegations would make it impossible for him to continue in his job.
As attorney general, Schneiderman, a Democrat, has been a constant thorn in Trump's side by investigating his business dealings and challenging him in court.
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. During the relationship, Schneiderman often slapped her on the face, she said.
But any replacement picked by the Legislature will serve out only the remainder of Schneiderman's term, which ends in December, unless that replacement runs for a full four-year term in November. Fox News' Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham, the liberal Media Matters' Matt Gertz says, have never even mentioned the scandal swirling around Republican Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, who is accused of using an explicit photograph to blackmail a sexual partner.