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Eliot Spitzer Under Investigation After Allegedly Choking Woman In Plaza Hotel

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Feb. 15 2016, Updated 1:45 p.m. ET

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Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who famously stepped down following a shocking prostitution scandal in 2008, has now been accused of choking a woman in the Plaza Hotel this weekend.

Police first arrived on the scene after Svetlana Travis, 25, called 911 around 8 p.m. on Saturday, claiming to have cut her own wrists.

When authorities arrived at the hotel room, however, Spitzer calmly answered the door.

Though the shamed ex-governor told cops there was "no problem" and a 911 operator received the same answer after phoning Travis again, police opted to check on the pair once more anyway.

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This time, they spotted broken glass and bloodstains on the floor.

After searching the luxurious $1,000-per-night room and taking Travis to Mount Sinai West Hospital, the Russian-born woman claimed to staffers that Spitzer had attacked her that evening.

According to a source, in an interview with a second set of cops well after midnight, Travis, who claimed to be Spitzer's girlfriend, "said that she told Spitzer she was going back to Russia, and he got upset and started throwing her around, choked her, threw her to the ground and threatened her."

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"She then broke a glass, cut herself and called 911," the insider continued.

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However, since the incident, Travis has given conflicting accounts to police. Now, she has become completely uncooperative, sources say.

"There is no truth to the allegation," Spitzer's spokesperson, Lisa Linden, later said of the allegations.

Despite the NYPD opening an investigation under the leadership of Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce, Spitzer has yet to be charged with a crime.



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