Spitzer used an alias in hospital after allegedly choking a prostitute
Former Governor Eliot Spitzer used an alias at a Manhattan hospital while recording the escort he was accused of suffocating hours before in February 2016.
Spitzer, 62, also named then-police commissioner Bill Bratton to cops investigating the Plaza Hotel incident and claimed blood found in the hotel room after Svetlana Travis -Zakharova had slit her wrist stemmed from her menstrual cycle, according to investigative documents that The Post’s lawyers fought to have unsealed.
In the aftermath of the violent encounter, the then 25-year-old threatened to ‘do worse than 2008’, for Spitzer, when he resigned as governor after it was revealed he was dating another prostitute, according to a lengthy text exchange between the disgraced Democrat and the alleged former $5,000-a-night prostitute.
The newly unearthed documents revealed new details about the incident which led Travis-Zakharova to accuse Spitzer of assault, a charge she later retracted. Spitzer claimed she was trying to extort him.
On the afternoon of February 13, 2016, Spitzer met Travis-Zakharova “for a drink” in his $1,000-a-night Plaza Hotel suite, according to a March 15, 2016 preliminary investigation worksheet filed by Sergeant Michael Giuffre.
The 25-year-old told Spitzer she was returning to Russia the next day and would be living there permanently. Spitzer left the Midtown Hotel an hour later, but called her 30 times over the next three hours, “threatening her and trying to stop her from returning to Russia,” the sergeant wrote.
At 7 p.m. he returned to his room, “grabbed her by the wrists and threw her back on the bed. As he stood over her, the attacker placed his [sic] on his neck/throat and exert pressure preventing him from breathing for at least three (3) seconds,” the report said.
The Russian national then told police that in an effort to get out of the room and “scare” Spitzer, she took a wine glass, broke it and cut herself slightly on her wrist.
Shortly after 8 p.m., a 911 call was made and the victim was taken to hospital, according to the report.
” She has her rules. I just came to help,” Spitzer initially told detectives who saw blood on the wall and door.
“Thank you for coming. She’s fine now. We don’t need you anymore,” he said, adding “Should I call Bill?”, a reference to the NYPD’s top cop, sources say. .
At 11 p.m. he checked into an undisclosed hospital dressed in black and a hat and identified himself as George, security footage reviewed by detectives showed. Two hours later, he called the hospital to ask about Travis-Zakharova, using the same fake name.
“George Fox” was the name of a friend Spitzer used while dating prostitutes in 2008, The Post reported. At the time, Spitzer apologized to the man for using the pseudonym.
An unsealed chain of text messages following the incident between Spitzer and Travis-Zakharova showed tensions remained high between the two as the woman said she was at the police station and was ready to reveal the nature of their relationship.
“I make sure your daughters and everyone you deal with knows who you are,” Travis-Zakharova texted Spitzer, whose number was saved in his phone as “Elliot My Love,” from screenshots showed.
“Can we discuss this like we have in the past?” Spitzer replied.
“It’s going to be much worse than 2008
“AHAHAHAHAHAH let’s talk about how you gonna kill my mom and my dog?” How about that,” Travis-Zakharova said.
Why do you do that ? Let’s talk – we worked it out so well,” Spitzer pleaded.
“You can buy any lawyer and fuckin’ shit, I’m not your friend anymore, you messed it up, you just want me to die, would it be better if I died in California, yeah? You wouldn’t have to deal with this now,” she said.
“I now have an idea of what you mean – I’m taking good care of you and I’ll carry on – why disturb that?” asked the ex-governor to the woman he had been dating for years.
Travis-Zakharova, who once posted audio messages that Spitzer threatened her, and claimed he paid her to “insert sex toys into his anal cavity and walk him on all fours on the floor with a leash,” said then signed a confidential settlement. agreement with the “Luv Gov.”
In the July 2016 document, seen by The Post, Travis-Zakharova agreed not to contact Spitzer and to remain gobsmacked about the matter or she would pay him $100,000 — an amount “in part reflecting both the damages suffered by Mr. Spitzer and the funds he has already paid him. In return, Spitzer agreed to drop his extortion suit against her.
Travis-Zakharova, who now lives in Russia, pleaded guilty to attempted petty theft in Manhattan Supreme Court in October 2017 after trying to rob a man who co-signed his lease on a Manhattan apartment. She served a short prison term.