NEW YORK – New York Police is investigating a woman’s report that ex-governor Eliot Spitzer assaulted her in a room at The Plaza Hotel on Saturday. His spokeswoman Lisa Linder said the allegation was false, as reported by ABC.
Two law enforcement officials with knowledge of the case told The Associated Press that the woman called 911 from a hotel room that was rented in the former governor’s name on Saturday evening. She said she had cut herself and was having a breakdown, according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to speak publicly about the case.
Police responded and noted that the woman, who is in her 20s, had a cut on her arm and took her to the hospital, where she told doctors she had a relationship with Spitzer and that the 56-year-old man choked her and shoved her after an argument. According to the report by ABC, officials informed that the woman said she and Spitzer had been together at a bar at the hotel earlier Saturday evening.
Linder limited herself to say, “There is no truth to the allegation”. She did not affirm or deny whether the former governor actually knew the woman or was present at the hotel that evening.
Hospital staff called the police, who spoke to the woman and she told them she was about to leave for Moscow and did not intend to press charges, according to officials. She said she had broken a glass and cut her arm after they assaulted her in the middle of the argument about her leaving for Russia.
Her arm was bandaged at the hospital and she was released shortly after. One official said she left on a flight to Russia on Sunday evening. The police department issued a statement confirming that detectives were investigating the case.
“The victim has indicated that the subject is Elliot Spitzer (sic). Through an ongoing investigation, we are attempting to further establish the identity of the subject and the nature of the incident,” the statement reads. The police did not give further details.
According to ABC, one official said detectives would question Spitzer, a Democrat who resigned to years into his term in 2008 because revelations came to light that he had sex with prostitutes.
He was never charged, but in a federal investigation, he was identified as a patron of a high-priced prostitution ring.
Source: ABC News