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Disgraced politician Eliot Spitzer
Disgraced politician Eliot Spitzer

Former NY Governor Eliot Spitzer Accused Of Assaulting Young Woman

The NYPD is investigating the former governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer for allegedly assaulting a woman at The Plaza hotel Saturday night.  Spitzer served as the Attorney General of New York for eight years and then as the governor of New York for a little over a year before his resignation in 2008 after finding himself at the center of a prostitution scandal.  Spitzer was confirmed to be “Client 9” at a high end call girl service and has not successfully had a political career since leaving office.  A year after the resignation he and his wife divorced.

25-year-old Svetlana Travis used her cell phone to call 911 on the night of February 13th.  The woman said on the phone that she was having a breakdown and had cut her wrist.

Officers knocked on the door of the $1000-per-night suite at The Plaza hotel and were greeted by Eliot Spitzer, who told them there was not a problem.

The officers left but asked the 911 dispatcher to return Travis’s call.  This time she told police that everything was fine, but they returned to the room two more times.  The first time Travis was nowhere to be seen and the second time she was found in the room amid a suspicious scene. “After Spitzer opened the door a second time, the cops spied broken glass, bloodstains and clothing on the floor and started a search inside.”

Travis was taken to a local hospital where she told officers that Spitzer had attacked her in a verbal fight that turned physical.  The wounds on her wrists are believed to be self-inflicted.

Sources for the New York Post say that Travis told officers that she was Spitzer’s girlfriend.  In her interview with them she said “that she told Spitzer she was going back to Russia, and he got upset and started throwing her around, choked her, threw her to the ground and threatened her.

“She then broke a glass, cut herself and called 911.”

CNN’s sources say the woman has left the United States to return to Russia since the incident.  She has declined to press charges against Spitzer.

“There is no truth to the allegation,” said Spitzer’s spokeswoman Lisa Linden.

More of this story at USA Today

 

 

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