Eliot Spitzer Accused of Assaulting a Woman

NYPD investigating hotel incident
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2016 5:17 AM CST
Spitzer Accused of Assaulting Woman
Eliot Spitzer   (AP Photo/Bethan McKernan, File)

More disgrace for Eliot Spitzer? The NYPD is looking into allegations that the former New York governor assaulted a woman at the Plaza Hotel on Saturday night, sources tell CNN, the New York Daily News, and the New York Post. The sources say a 25-year-old Russian woman told police that Spitzer, who has not been charged, choked her at the hotel following an argument. According to the Post's sources, the woman cut her wrists and called 911 after the fight with Spitzer, and he was the one who opened the door when officers showed up at the suite. She was taken to Mount Sinai West Hospital, where she allegedly told staffers Spitzer had attacked her.

"The victim has indicated that the subject is Eliot Spitzer," the NYPD said in a statement. "Through an ongoing investigation, we are attempting to further establish the identity of the subject and the nature of the incident." CBS2 reports that the woman told investigators she did not wish to press charges against Spitzer, and a Spitzer spokeswoman says "there is no truth to the allegation." Spitzer, who was brought down by a prostitution scandal in 2008 after little more than a year as governor, is now running the real estate empire of his father, philanthropist Bernard Spitzer, who died in November 2014, the Daily News reports. (In a tell-all book, a call girl claimed Spitzer was one of her clients, and he liked a struggle.)

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