Wednesday 25 April 2018

Disgraced former governor of New York is accused of choking woman in hotel

Eliot Spitzer
Eliot Spitzer

Harriet Alexander in New York

Eliot Spitzer, the disgraced former governor of New York who was forced to resign in 2008 after a prostitution scandal, has been accused of choking a woman in the suite of a hotel.

Police were called to The Plaza, one of New York's most famous hotels, on Saturday night after Svetlana Travis (25) accused him of attacking her. She said she told Mr Spitzer (56) she was going back to Russia, a source told the 'New York Post'.

"He got upset and started throwing her around, choked her, threw her to the ground and threatened her," the source told the paper. "She then broke a glass, cut herself and called 911."

Ms Travis was taken to a Manhattan hospital, where she told employees that Mr Spitzer had attacked her, sources said. Mr Spitzer arrived at the hospital to visit her on Sunday. New York Police Department has opened an investigation. Lisa Linden, Mr Spitzer's spokeswoman, said: "There is no truth to the allegation."

It is believed Miss Travis had known Mr Spitzer for about two years. She has refused to press charges and is thought to have fled to Russia.

Mr Spitzer (pictured) was elected governor of New York state in 2007. But less than a year later, he was forced to resign after it was revealed he had been using prostitutes.

Investigators believe Mr Spitzer paid up to $80,000 (£55,000) for prostitutes over a period of several years while he was attorney general and later as governor.

One of the women, Ashley Dupre, became something of a minor celebrity and posed for 'Playboy'. Mr Spitzer was never charged.

His wife Silda Wall initially stood by him, but the couple, who have three daughters, divorced in 2013.

Mr Spitzer made an unsuccessful attempt to return to politics and is now a financial technology investor.

(© Daily Telegraph, London)

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