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Spitzer charges unlikely in hotel assault allegation, say sources

Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer participates in

Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer participates in the first primary debate for New York City Comptroller on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 in New York. Photo Credit: James Keivom

Criminal charges against former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer are unlikely in connection with an allegation he roughed up a woman Saturday night in his suite at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan, law enforcement sources said.

The 25-year-old woman flew to her native Russia Sunday, a move that puts her out of reach of the NYPD and likely ends any risk Spitzer would be charged, said one of the sources.

“Right now you have nobody making a complaint,” said the source, who didn’t want to be identified.

The woman said she got into a verbal argument and shoving match with Spitzer in the suite after she told him Saturday she was returning to Moscow, the sources said. She sustained a small cut to the top of her wrist during the commotion, which prompted hotel officials to call police.

Sunday night, Lisa Linden, a spokeswoman for Spitzer said the allegations against him were false.

Linden didn’t return a telephone and an email request for additional comment Monday.

An attorney for Spitzer, Adam Kaufmann, reportedly passed to the Manhattan district attorney’s office a copy of an email in which the alleged victim apologized for making up the allegations.

In a statement released Monday night, Kaufmann said Spitzer has known the woman for some time and when he met with her in a hotel room she became “highly emotional and was threatening self harm.”

Spitzer attempted to keep the woman calm, Kaufmann said. After she was taken for psychiatric evaluation “the allegations of assault first emerged.”

She was taken to a nearby hospital to treat the cut but then said she didn’t want to press charges, according to the sources.

It was unclear when the woman met Spitzer, who was divorced in 2014 from his wife Silda in the aftermath of revelations that he partied with prostitutes, a scandal that forced him to resign as governor in 2008.

An Internet listing noted that the woman connected to the latest allegations worked briefly in low-level film production jobs.

Detectives might still try to interview Spitzer about the incident. But as of 10 a.m. Monday no interview had taken place, said one of the law enforcement sources.


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