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Schneiderman Was Investigating the Manhattan D.A. Now the Tables Have Turned

  • Vance investigating reports of assault by ex-attorney general
  • Ex-A.G. was probing why Vance declined to prosecute Weinstein

Attorney General of New York Steps Down Amid Accusations of Abuse

First Eric Schneiderman was investigating Cy Vance Jr. Now Cy Vance Jr. is investigating Eric Schneiderman.

Vance, the Manhattan district attorney, is examining reports that Schneiderman struck or assaulted several women, said Danny Frost, a spokesman for the office. Those allegations, reported late Monday in the New Yorker, led to Schneiderman’s abrupt resignation as New York’s attorney general on Monday night.

Eric Schneiderman

Photographer: Louis Lanzano/Bloomberg

Schneiderman’s fall comes two months after he was asked by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to investigate Vance’s work. The request centered on Vance’s decision in 2015 to not prosecute Harvey Weinstein over allegations that the movie mogul had groped an Italian model.

Vance’s decision to drop the Weinstein matter came under scrutiny after the New York Times and the New Yorker reported last year that the Miramax Films founder had assaulted or forced himself on a series of women over a period of years.

Cy Vance Jr.

Photographer: Mario Tama/Getty Images North America

The revelation that Vance’s office had dropped an investigation into Weinstein proved an embarrassment for the D.A.’s office after Weinstein’s conduct was subsequently exposed. Vance had secret recordings of Weinstein talking about his conduct with the Italian model, which Vance called “sickening,” but he determined them to be inconclusive.

The status of the inquiry into Vance’s handling of the Weinstein matter isn’t clear.

(Updates with editor’s note on subsequent assignment of probe to Nassau County DA.)
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