Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer Accused of Assault

PHOTO CREDIT: Timothy A. Olary / AFP / Getty Images / FILE
PHOTO CREDIT: Timothy A. Olary / AFP / Getty Images / FILE

Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer, whose political career collapsed following a 2008 prostitution scandal, is the subject of an assault investigation involving a young woman, New York City police said Monday.

Manhattan detectives are investigating allegations of an assault and “the victim has indicated the suspect was Eliot Spitzer,” Det. Adam Navarro told USA TODAY. Navarro said no arrest had been made “at this time” and would provide no further details.

“There is no truth to the allegation,” Lisa Linden, spokeswoman for Spitzer, said in an email.

Local media report that police rushed to The Plaza hotel after a woman in her 20s used her cellphone to call 911 at about 8 p.m. Saturday, saying she was having a breakdown and had cut her wrist. The New York Post, citing police sources it did not identify, reported that when officers responded to the $1,000-a-night suite, Spitzer answered the door and said there was no problem.

The officers returned a short time later.

“After Spitzer opened the door a second time, the cops spied broken glass, bloodstains and clothing on the floor and started a search inside,” the Post reported. The newspaper said the woman reappeared and was taken to a hospital where she told staffers Spitzer had attacked her.

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SOURCE: USA Today, John Bacon