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The Governor and the Prostitute

Posted by shadmia on March 11, 2008


New York Governor Eliot Spitzer was identified as one the clients of a prostitution ring, the Emperors Club, under federal wiretap surveillance by the FBI. The wiretap captured a man identified as Client 9 on a telephone call confirming plans to have a woman travel from New York to Washington to meet with him in a hotel room he had reserved. Client 9 turned out to be the governor himself.

Eliot Spitzer, 48, married his wife Silda in 1987. They have three daughters: Alyssa, 18, Sarabeth, 15, and Jenna, 13. Spitzer called a news conference and made the following statement:

“I have acted in a way that violates my obligation to my family and violates my or any sense of right or wrong,” said Mr. Spitzer, who appeared with his wife Silda at his Manhattan office. “I apologize first and most importantly to my family. I apologize to the public to whom I promised better.”

“I have disappointed and failed to live up to the standard I expected of myself. I must now dedicate some time to regain the trust of my family.”

Statement by Governor Spitzer

Federal authorities arrested four people on charges of running an online prostitution ring that serviced clients in New York, Paris and other cities and took in more than $1 million in profits over four years. The ring, known as the Emperor’s Club V.I.P., had 50 prostitutes available for appointments in New York, Washington, Miami, London and Paris, according to a complaint unsealed in Federal District Court in Manhattan. The appointments, made by telephone or through an online booking service, cost $1,000 to $5,500 an hour and could be paid for with cash, credit card, wire transfers or money orders, the complaint said.

Although Spitzer as not been charged with any crime, his political career is in shambles. There have been calls for his resignation.

“He has to step down. No one will stand with him,” said Rep. Peter King, a Republican congressman from Long Island. “I never try to take advantage or gloat over a personal tragedy. However, this is different. This is a guy who is so self-righteous, and so unforgiving.”

“The governor who was going to bring ethics back to New York State, if he was involved in something like this,” James Tedisco, a Republican Assemblyman from Schenectady who has clashed loudly and publicly with Mr. Spitzer said, “he’s got to leave. I don’t think there’s any question about that.”

Democratic Assemblyman John McEneny said: “I don’t think anyone remembers anything like this — the fact that the governor has a reputation as a reformer and there is a certain assumption as attorney general that you’re Caesar’s wife. It’s a different element than if you were an accountant.”

Spitzer, himself, has not said whether he will resign or not. If he does Democratic Lt. Gov. David Paterson would become New York’s first black governor. Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond, noted that prostitution customers are often not charged, and said charges against Spitzer might be unlikely. “Especially if he resigns, he may just be left alone. It may be that the public is satisfied by his resignation as governor,” Tobias said.

According to wiretaps “Client 9” arranged to meet with a prostitute who was part of the ring, Emperors Club VIP, on the night of Feb. 13th in room 871 at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington. That room was registered to a George Fox. Mr. Fox is a friend and donor to Mr. Spitzer. Asked in a telephone interview Monday whether he accompanied Mr. Spitzer to Washington on Feb. 13 and Feb. 14, Mr. Fox responded: “Why would you think that? I did not.”

Told that the Room 871 at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel was registered in Mr. Fox’s name but with Mr. Spitzer’s Fifth Avenue address, Mr. Fox said, “That is the first I have heard of it. Until I speak to the governor further, I have no comment.”

Spitzer paid $4,300 in cash, some of it credit for future trysts, some of it for sex with a “petite, pretty brunette, 5-feet-5 inches, and 105 pounds,” named Kristen.

According to court papers, an Emperors Club agent, Temeka Rachelle Lewis, was told by the prostitute that her evening with Client 9 went well. The agent said she had been told that the client “would ask you to do things that … you might not think were safe … very basic things,” according to the papers, but Kristen responded by saying: “I have a way of dealing with that … I’d be, like, listen dude, you really want the sex?”

For a detailed description of Spitzer’s arrangements to procure and pay for the prostitute KristenClick Here.


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