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No charges for Schneiderman after women allege sexual violence

November 08, 2018 - 11:55 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- No charges will be filed against former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman who was accused of abusing women.

The decision came from Nassau County DA Madeline Singas, who was tasked by Governor Andrew Cuomo to investigate.

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Singas said the women were credible, but there were legal hurdles including statutes of limitation.

“I believe the women who shared their experiences with our investigation team,” Ms. Singas wrote, “however legal impediments, including statutes of limitations, preclude criminal prosecution.”

The women had been romantically involved with Schneiderman, but said he choked, hit, and slapped them in violence that was not consensual.

Schneiderman, who had played a forceful role in the #MeToo movement, resigned within hours of a New Yorker article featuring the accusations.

For his part, Schneiderman issued a statement of his own on Thursday, apologizing to both his accusers and the people of New York. He said he's been in rehab and is "committed to a lifelong path of recovery," and to making amends to those he's harmed.

“I recognize that District Attorney Singas’ decision not to prosecute does not mean I have done nothing wrong,” he wrote. “I accept full responsibility for my conduct in my relationships with my accusers.”

Singas has proposed legislation that would make it illegal to hit someone without consent for sexual purposes.