May 9 (UPI) -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed a special prosecutor to investigate abuse allegations against former state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
In a letter to Barbara Underwood, who is serving as acting attorney general, Cuomo announced Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas as special prosecutor and special deputy attorney general to look into the claims, citing her "extensive expertise in this area."
"News of former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's alleged improprieties as the state's chief legal officer are grossly disturbing and must be fully investigated," Cuomo said. "The brave women who chose to come forward deserve swift and definitive justice in this matter."
Singas also will investigate whether Schneiderman used his staff and office resources to facilitate abusive liaisons.
"There can be no suggestion of any possibility of the reality or appearance of any conflict or anything less than a full, complete and unbiased investigation," Cuomo said. "The victims deserve nothing less."
Schneiderman has said he engaged in "role-playing and other consensual sexual activity," but denied accusations of assault or non-consensual sex.