New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed a special prosecutor to investigate allegations of assault and abuse made against former state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Schneiderman officially stepped down from the job Tuesday. His resignation came after The New Yorker detailed a string of allegations from four women, who accused Schneiderman of slapping them, choking them and threatening to kill them if they broke up with him. Schneiderman's denied any wrongdoing, saying, "In the privacy of intimate relationships, I have engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity." SEE MORE: Some Women Become 'Collateral Damage' In The #MeToo Movement Soon after the allegations were reported, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said his office would investigate . But the governor said that might be a conflict of interest, since Schneiderman had been looking into how Vance's office handled a 2015 case against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. So Cuomo went ahead and appointed the special prosecutor to supersede all other investigations into the allegations. Barbara Underwood, the solicitor general of New York, is acting as Schneiderman's temporary replacement . Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN . Trending stories at Newsy.com USS Fitzgerald Junior Officer Pleads Guilty In Deadly Shipwreck Boeing, Airbus Can No Longer Sell Planes To Iran The Mormon Church And Boy Scouts Of America Are Going Separate Ways
NEW YORK (AP) - A special prosecutor has started interviewing women whose abuse allegations led to former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's resignation.
Two people familiar with the investigation say Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas was meeting with Michelle Manning Barish on Wednesday.
Manning Barish is one of the four women whose tales of being slapped and choked were the subject of a New Yorker expose on Schneiderman.
Both people spoke about the interview on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.
Singas' office declined comment. A lawyer for Manning Barish was traveling on business and could not be immediately reached.
Schneiderman said he engaged in "role playing" with the women, but denied physically assaulting anyone.