- The Washington Times - Monday, February 15, 2016

A 25-year-old woman has accused former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer of choking her inside a room Saturday at the The Plaza Hotel in Manhattan.

New York police said they’re investigating whether there’s any truth to the claim.

“The victim has indicated that the subject is Eliot Spitzer,” the New York Police Department said in a statement released Sunday, CNN reported. “Through an ongoing investigation, we are attempting to further establish the identity of the subject and the nature of the incident.”

A spokeswoman for Mr. Spitzer, who resigned in 2008 amid a prostitution scandal, denied the assault accusation.

“There is no truth to the allegation,” spokeswoman Lisa Linden said.

The former governor has not been charged with any crime.

The woman, whose identity has not been released by authorities, used her cellphone to call 911 at about 8 p.m. Saturday to say she was having a breakdown and had cut her wrist, law enforcement sources told the New York Post.

The woman was taken to Mount Sinai West Hospital, where she told staffers Mr. Spitzer had attacked her, sources said.

The former governor later showed up at the hospital obscuring his face with a skullcap, sources said.

In followup interviews with detectives, the woman gave conflicting accounts of what happened, and then stopped cooperating all together, sources said.

“She’s totally uncooperative and said that she was leaving and did not want to press any charges,” a source told the Post.

It’s possible the woman has left the United States and is heading back home to Russia, a source told CNN.

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