Kathy Hochul says she feels betrayed, blindsided by Eric Schneiderman

Posted at 9:37 PM, May 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-15 21:37:01-04

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul says the alleged actions by former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman were a "shocking betrayal."

"It's a betrayal when in your public life you're saying and doing one thing, and in your personal life you're degrading, demeaning, and physically abusing women," Hochul told 7 Eyewitness News Anchor Ashley Rowe in a one-on-one interview.

"That is hypocrisy at its finest," Hochul said.

Hochul was less explicit in her opinions about who she would like to see become the next Attorney General, after Schneiderman's sudden resignation last week. Schneiderman stepped down hours after The New Yorker magazine published allegations from four women who accused him of inflicting physical violence on them in intimate settings.  

Schneiderman denies the allegations, but said he engaged in role-play and other consensual sexual activity.

Hochul says she supports a woman becoming the next Attorney General, however she did not offer up any names.

A state committee will be interviewing 13 candidates this week in Albany. The person chosen for the position will serve out the remainder of Schneiderman's term. 

A spokesperson for Schneiderman has not responded to 7 Eyewitness News' request for response to Hochul's comments.