First he was forced to quit his job as New York governor after spending $15,000 on hookers, then he lost his 25-year marriage after an affair with a spin doctor 23 years his junior was exposed.
Now disgraced Democrat Eliot Spitzer, 56, is being investigated by police over claims that he choked a woman at the upmarket Plaza Hotel near New York’s Central Park.
According to police sources, who spoke to the New York Post, the woman called cops at 8pm on Saturday to say she was having a breakdown and had slashed her wrists.
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Eliot Spitzer, the former New York governor who resigned over a prostitution scandal in 2008, is now being investigated over claims he choked a woman at an upmarket New York hotel
She was then taken for medical treatment before telling doctors that Spitzer had choked her. The politician’s relationship to the woman is unclear.
However, sources said that the woman has now recanted her story and is refusing to cooperate with police.
Spitzer, the multi-millionaire son of real estate tycoon Bernard Spitzer, studied at Princeton before graduating Harvard Law school and going on to become a lawyer.
While at Harvard he met his former wife, Silda, who he has three children with.
According to reports police were called to the Plaza Hotel on Saturday at 8pm to reports of a woman having slit her wrists, before she told medics that Spitzer had choked her
After graduating Spitzer then went on to make a name for himself as the ‘Sheriff of Wall Street’ by chasing down corrupt financiers, and was even considered as presidential material.
In 2007 he became the 54th governor of New York, but was forced to quit the following year amid a prostitution scandal.
He reportedly had at least seven meetings with high-end prostitutes over a six-month period, and is believed to have spent up to $80,000 on hookers over many years.
Infamous as Client 9 of the Emperors Club VIP call-girl ring, he resigned at a public press conference along with Silda, who elected to stand by him.
After his resignation, Spitzer attempted to rehabilitate his public image with a stint presenting a CNN news show which failed and then eventually made his way back to work for his father who passed away last year, leaving Spitzer $16million.
However, his marriage finally fell apart after he was pictured sneaking into the Soho apartment of political spin doctor Lis Smith in December 2013.
The affair is widely believed to have been behind Spitzer’s split from Silda, which was eventually agreed in February 2014.
As part of the settlement, she was granted $7.5million, $240,000-a-year for life, and the couple’s luxury Fifth Avenue apartment.
Spitzer also split from wife Silda in 2014 after a 25-year marriage when he was exposed for having an affair with a spin doctor 23 years his junior
Lis Smith, 33 (right), and Spitzer, 56, were pictured cuddling up at a Knicks game shortly after he split from his wife, but their relationship also fell apart in December last year
Meanwhile Smith, who had just become part of Mayor Bill de Balsio’s team and was widely tipped to become his press secretary, was dropped from his office.
After the affair was made public, Spitzer appeared to have no qualms about hiding his new relationship with a much younger woman.
Spitzer was spotted getting close with Smith at a Knicks game just weeks after his divorce was finalized, and Spitzer was also pictured as he was introduced to his new girlfriend’s family in Christmas 2013.
Shortly after the couple took a romantic trip to Jamaica where they engaged in an amorous hot tub session during which he was seen sucking her toes, it was claimed.
Spitzer, once considered presidential material after a legal career hunting down corrupt Wall Street financiers, has now taken over his father’s real estate business following his fall from grace
Spitzer and Smith were said to have split because of their ‘hectic schedules’ while he worked in real estate and she managed Martin O’Malley’s disastrous presidential bid
The pair spent two years together, but broke up in December last year, during which Smith apparently took custody of a gray grimalkin cat the pair had adopted together.
Spitzer met Smith, 33, while she was his campaign manager during his failed political ‘comeback’ to become New York City’s new comptroller in 2013.
After the failed bid she went to work for then New York Mayor- elect Bill de Blasio but within a week of her relationship with Spitzer becoming public, she was out.
Smith then worked as the deputy campaign manager for former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s disastrous 2016 presidential campaign which saw him drop out as soon as the first Iowa poll numbers came out, showing him at less than 1 per cent support.