Four women have accused New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman of physically abusing them. Their accounts were published in The New Yorker on Monday night, and portray the 63-year-old Schneiderman as a violent, emotionally abusive drunk, who would slap and choke them without warning, mock their appearances, and threaten to kill them, all while portraying himself has an ally to women and a staunch opponent of President Trump. Update 9:49 p.m.: Schneiderman just announced him resignation. [See update below.]

Three of the women, Manning Barish, Tanya Selvaratnam, and an unnamed former girlfriend, were in long-term relationships with Schneiderman, and their experiences with New York's top law enforcement officer were similar.

About four weeks after they became physically involved, [Barish] says, Schneiderman grew violent. One night, they were in the bedroom of his Upper West Side apartment, still clothed but getting ready for bed, and lightly baiting each other. As she recalls it, he called her “a whore,” and she talked back. They had both been drinking, and her recollection of their conversation is blurry, but what happened next remains vivid. Schneiderman, she says, backed her up to the edge of his bed. “All of a sudden, he just slapped me, open handed and with great force, across the face, landing the blow directly onto my ear,” Manning Barish says. “It was horrendous. It just came out of nowhere. My ear was ringing. I lost my balance and fell backward onto the bed. I sprang up, but at this point there was very little room between the bed and him. I got up to try to shove him back, or take a swing, and he pushed me back down. He then used his body weight to hold me down, and he began to choke me. The choking was very hard. It was really bad. I kicked. In every fibre, I felt I was being beaten by a man.”

Selvaratnam talks about how Schneiderman was "obsessed with having a threesome."

“He said he’d have nothing to look forward to if I didn’t, and would hit me until I agreed.” (She had no intention of having a threesome.) She recalls, “Sometimes, he’d tell me to call him Master, and he’d slap me until I did.” Selvaratnam, who was born in Sri Lanka, has dark skin, and she recalls that “he started calling me his ‘brown slave’ and demanding that I repeat that I was ‘his property.’ ”

Another women, who is described as an "Ivy League-educated lawyer," met Schneiderman at a party in the Hamptons.

The lawyer and Schneiderman began making out, but he said things that repelled her. He told the woman, a divorced mother, that professional women with big jobs and children had so many decisions to make that, when it came to sex, they secretly wanted men to take charge. She recalls him saying, “Yeah, you act a certain way and look a certain way, but I know that at heart you are a dirty little slut. You want to be my whore.” He became more sexually aggressive, but she was repulsed by his talk, and pulled away from him. She says that “suddenly—at least, in my mind’s eye—he drew back, and there was a moment where I was, like, ‘What’s happening?’ ” Then, she recalls, “He slapped me across the face hard, twice,” adding, “I was stunned.”

Schneiderman hit her so hard, she says, that the blow left a red handprint. “What the fuck did you just do?” she screamed, and started to sob. “I couldn’t believe it,” she recalls. “For a split second, I was scared.” She notes that, in all her years of dating, she has never been in a situation like the one with Schneiderman. “He just really smacked me,” she says.

Schneiderman's office disputes some of the story's details, and the attorney general himself makes a blanket denial: "In the privacy of intimate relationships, I have engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity. I have not assaulted anyone. I have never engaged in non-consensual sex, which is I line I would not cross."

A spokesperson for Schneiderman did not elaborate further, and did not respond to a question about whether the attorney general intends to resign.

A spokesperson for Governor Andrew Cuomo did not respond to our request for comment.

Schneiderman (who made a tweet in support of Gothamist a few days ago) has been one of President Trump's most prominent antagonists. He also sued Harvey Weinstein's company for violating his employees' civil rights, and is reviewing Manhattan DA Cy Vance Jr.'s decision not to prosecute Weinstein in 2015.

[UPDATE / 8:37 p.m.] Governor Cuomo just released a statement calling on Schneiderman to resign:

The New Yorker has published an article on Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, which reports multiple women making serious allegations of assault. No one is above the law, including New York's top legal officer. I will be asking an appropriate New York District Attorney to commence an immediate investigation, and proceed as the facts merit. My personal opinion is that, 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 as Attorney General, and for the good of the office, he should resign.

[UPDATE / 9:27 p.m.] Sgt. Brendan Ryan of the NYPD said, "The NYPD has no complaints on file. If the NYPD receives complaints of a crime, it will investigate them thoroughly."

City Council Corey Johnson added his statement, "New Yorkers deserve and expect more from their Attorney General, who as the state’s chief law enforcement officer has an obligation to uphold the law. Eric Schneiderman must step down immediately."

Finally, de Blasio's spokesperson says the mayor will address the matter tomorrow.

[UPDATE / 9:49 p.m.] Schneiderman just announced his resignation, "It’s been my great honor and privilege to serve as Attorney General for the people of the State of New York. In the last several hours, serious allegations, which I strongly contest, have been made against me. While these allegations are unrelated to my professional conduct or the operations of the office, they will effectively prevent me from leading the office’s work at this critical time. I therefore resign my office, effective at the close of business on May 8, 2018."

Just a few weeks ago, Schneiderman applauded the New Yorker's and NY Times' #MeToo reporting: