Eliot Spitzer Accused Of Assaulting 25-Year-Old Woman
Eliot Spitzer is under investigation for allegedly assaulting a woman, who claims that she was the former New York governor’s girlfriend.
Eliot Spitzer Assault Allegations
Svetlana Zakharova Travis, 25, began seeing Spitzer a couple of years ago, according to the New York Post. Travis reportedly met with Spitzer on Saturday at The Plaza hotel, where she informed him that she was returning to her native Russia. Travis claims that during the encounter, Spitzer assaulted her.
“The victim has indicated that the subject is Eliot Spitzer,” the New York Police Department said in a statement released Sunday. “Through an ongoing investigation, we are attempting to further establish the identity of the subject and the nature of the incident.”
Travis told doctors at Mount Sinai West Hospital in Manhattan and the NYPD Saturday night that Spitzer had caused the cut to her forearm after grabbing her by the neck and pushing her. In the end, however, Travis declined to press charges and refused to speak with detectives.
“There is no truth to the allegation,” Spitzer spokeswoman Lisa Linden said, pointing out that Travis had stopped cooperating with the investigation. “There was no assault or criminal activity of any nature on the part of Mr. Spitzer.”
While Spitzer and his team are adamant that he is innocent of any and all claims of assault, the former politician did concede to knowing Travis and to having met her at The Plaza – but not for anything untoward. Surveillance footage also reportedly shows Spitzer attempting to visit the hospital that Travis had checked into.
In a statement, Spitzer claimed that he was never in a relationship with Travis, and that he is still with Lis Smith.
“The woman who initially made the allegation was not my girlfriend. Lis Smith was my girlfriend, and I had and have deep affection for Lis. She is the love of my life,” Spitzer said in a statement Monday.
Though Travis is not pressing charges, and Spitzer has denied any wrongdoing, the NYPD is still looking into the matter.
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