Monday, March 10, 2008

NY Governor Eliot Spitzer Admits Involvement In Online Prostitution Service - UPDATE

Danny Hakim and William K. Rashbaum write in The New York Times:

Gov. Eliot Spitzer has informed his most senior administration officials that he had been involved in a prostitution ring, an administration official said this morning.

Mr. Spitzer, who was huddled with his top aides inside his Fifth Avenue apartment early this afternoon, had hours earlier abruptly canceled his scheduled public events for the day. He scheduled an announcement for 2:15 after inquiries from the Times.

Mr. Spitzer, a first term Democrat who pledged to bring ethics reform an end the often seamy ways of Albany, is married with three children.

Just last week, federal prosecutors arrested four people in connection with an expensive prostitution operation. Administration officials would not say that this was the ring with which the governor had become involved.

More here.

UPDATE: 13:53 PDT: The Smoking Gun has all the sordid details outlined in an FBI affidavit here. -ferg


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