The escort accused of extorting former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer for $400,000 has released a recording she says is of him threatening to kill her.
Svetlana Travis Zakharova, 27, was charged with extorting Spitzer, 58, who she said she had a long-term relationship with after a 2016 bust-up at The Plaza Hotel during which she said he tried to choke her.
Zakharova denied extorting him but pleaded guilty to stealing from another lover for rent money last year.
She has always argued that Spitzer ought to have been arrested for assault after their Plaza fight.
On Saturday, The New York Post published a recording of a phone call she provided them in which a man is heard telling her: ‘You’re going to die a slow and painful death you ******* b****’.
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She claims it is of Spitzer and that it demonstrates his violent streak.
In a statement to DailyMail.com, Spitzer’s lawyer refused to say whether or not the voice was his in the recording.
‘This is a woman who has been extorting and threatening Mr. Spitzer and his family for years. The record in her criminal case speaks for itself,’ he said.
Zakharova alleges that the phone call took place in February 2016, shortly after the incident at The Plaza.
It is not clear who initiated the call but the recording begins with her saying: ‘You never helped me, you ruined my life.’
In response, the man fires back: ‘You f****** b****! You piece of ****. And then you f****** destroyed my life!” the man exploded.
‘You know what’s going to happen to you? You’re going to be f**king dead.
‘You’re going to die a slow painful death and your family is going to look at you and laugh because you’re a f****** b****.’
Spitzer and the woman were found inside a suite at The Plaza Hotel on February 13, 2016.
She had called 911 from the bathroom on her cell phone, claiming they had been fighting.
When police arrived, he answered the door, said all was fine and she was nowhere to be seen.
They went back not long afterwards and saw broken glass and blood spattered on the floor inside. Zakharova was then found injured in the bathroom.
Her version of what happened changed several times during police questioning.
At first, she claimed he had choked her after she refused his sexual advances, alleging that he said: ‘What am I paying you for?’
In another story, she said he was angry because she’d told him of her plans to go back to her native Russia and he called her a ‘whore’.
He was never charged and she left the country but five months later, he sued her claiming she was ruining his life by trying to extort him.
He claimed that their relationship was not a business one, that they were dating, but that he had given her money to keep their liaisons quiet.
Spitzer wanted to keep them secret, he said, because of his use of prostitutes in the past which led him to resign in 2008.
Their civil case was settled but the NYPD investigated and arrested Zakharova afterwards.
In October last year, she accepted a plea deal which saw her plead guilty to petty larceny for stealing from another ex-lover to get rent money.
The deal meant that she would not have to serve time for extorting Spitzer but it also stopped her from being able to speak publicly about it.
In November, her lawyers filed a motion to lift that ban. As part of it, she was able to describe his alleged fetish for being walked around on all fours while wearing a leather leash.
‘The fact that Spitzer was paying young girls to insert sex toys into his anal cavity and walk him around the floor on all fours with a leash is conduct that he made a conscious choice to engage in.
‘If these facts are embarrassing to Spitzer and his family then shame on Spitzer for engaging in the conduct in the first place and shame on the Bronx DA for catering to Spitzer by trying to suppress [Zakharova’s] right to free speech,’ her lawyer said.
Zakharova was sentenced to three months in jail but was released on time served, having already spent a year behind bars.
In 2008, Spitzer resigned after it was revealed he had spent $10,000 on prostitutes from the agency Emperors VIP.
SOURCE: Daily Mail – Jennifer Smith