According to the New York Police Department (NYPD), disgraced former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer was accused by a 25-year-old Russian national of choking her in a New York hotel room over Valentine’s Day Weekend. The unidentified woman claims to be Eliot Spitzer’s girlfriend.
Following a verbal-turned-physical fight in a room at the Plaza Hotel in midtown Manhattan, Spitzer’s alleged girlfriend slit her wrists in an attempt to kill herself. Police had received a call from an “emotionally disturbed” woman at the Plaza Hotel. When the police showed up, the former Governor had reportedly already left. The woman was then taken to the hospital to treat her self-inflicted wounds. While the woman was at the hospital, Eliot Spitzer apparently showed up with a skullcap on to hide his identity.
The NYPD released a statement on the pending investigation:
“The victim has indicated that the subject is Eliot Spitzer. Through an ongoing investigation, we are attempting to further establish the identity of the subject and the nature of the incident.”
Following the NYPD’s statement, Eliot Spitzer’s spokesman Lisa Linden said, “There is no truth to the allegation.” Thus far, police have not interviewed Spitzer and have not charged him with any crime. The female victim indicated that she did not intend to press charges against Spitzer and is headed back to Russia. Police, however, will decide whether to move forward with charges once they’ve completed their investigation.
If he were found to have been involved with this assault incident, it would hardly be a surprise. If you recall, it was barely 14 months into his term as New York Governor (2007 – 2008) that it was revealed that he was paying for high-priced prostitutes at the Emperor’s Club VIP. The investigation began when bank officials saw and reported suspicious financial transactions in Spitzer’s accounts. Officials initially speculated that he was the victim of extortion or identity theft. Throughout their investigation, however, it was revealed that he was “Client No. 9” in a prostitution ring. He had paid out some $80,000 for call girls over the course of his tenure as Attorney General and his short-lived governorship.
In 2013, he ran unsuccessfully for New York City Comptroller. During his campaign for that position, he said that he was “hopeful there will be forgiveness – I am asking for it.” It was during that time that Spitzer also reportedly had an adulterous relationship with his 31-year-old campaign spokesman Lis Smith, who also worked as spokesman for Bill de Blasio’s mayoral campaign. Later that year, Eliot Spitzer announced his marriage had come to an end.