Eliot Spitzer investigated in alleged hotel assault

By Ed Adamczyk  |  Feb. 15, 2016 at 7:04 AM
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NEW YORK, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Police said they are investigating beleaguered former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer for the alleged assault of a woman in a New York City hotel.

An unidentified Russian woman, 25, who has allegedly known Spitzer for two years, said he pushed her and attempted to choke her while the two were in a room Saturday night at New York's Plaza Hotel, police reported.

The woman was hospitalized the same night after she slit her wrists in an apparent suicide attempt. While at Roosevelt Hospital she told doctors of the incident with Spitzer, CBS New York reported.

The report said the relationship between Spitzer and the woman was non-sexual in nature.

Spitzer, 56, resigned as New York governor in 2008 after it was revealed he patronized prostitutes, using campaign funds.

He spokeswoman, Lisa Linden, said "there is no truth to the allegation" of the incident Saturday. Spitzer has not been questioned or arrested by police, although an investigation was underway.

Spitzer attempted a political comeback in 2013, bit lost the Democratic primary for city comptroller. Since 2013 he and Silda Spitzer, his wife of 26 years, have lived apart.

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