The so-called “preppie killer” Robert Chambers used a “rough sex” defense during his 1988 trial for the killing of 18-year-old Jennifer Levin in New York City’s Central Park. Chambers was convicted and served 15 years in prison.

The anger directed at Schneiderman echoed, in some ways, the LGBT’s community’s outrage at Kevin Spacey after he was accused by fellow actor Anthony Rapp of making sexual advances on him during a party in 1986, when Rapp was 14 and Spacey was 26.

Many gay activists were furious that Spacey, in asserting he didn’t remember an encounter with Rapp, took the opportunity to come out as a gay man — a step he’d previously avoided despite long-running speculation about his sexual orientation.

Jillian Keenan, author of the BDSM memoir “Sex with Shakespeare,” mentioned both Spacey and Ghomeshi in an email to The Associated Press reflecting on the Schneiderman case.

“Just as sex without consent is rape, kink without consent doesn’t exist – that’s assault,” Keenan wrote.