Escort Claims Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer Threatened to Kill Her

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer addresses the media at his office in New York, on March 12, 2008 to announce that he will resign from office after revelations that he had been a client of a prostitution ring. The resignation will take effect on March 17. Lieutenant Governor David Paterson …
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A Russian escort who once did business with former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer now claims to have audio recordings of the former governor threatening to kill her.

Svetlana Travis Zakharova reportedly delivered the audio recording to the New York Police Department last week, according to the New York Post.

On the recording, Zakharova is heard saying, “You never helped me, you ruined my life.”

A male voice that Zakharova says is Spitzer’s then explodes on the recording. The Post reports:

“You f–king bitch! You piece of sh-t. And then you f–king destroyed my life!” the man exploded.

“You know what’s going to happen to you? You’re going to be f–king dead.”

He continued: “You’re going to die a slow painful death and your family is going to look at you and laugh because you’re a f–king bitch.”

Zakharova claims the call was made in February of last year and occurred after she said Spitzer attacked her in a room at the Plaza Hotel.

Police identified Zakharova as an escort hired by former MSNBC host Spitzer after the alleged attack last year. But police did not have enough evidence and declined to charge Spitzer for the attack Zakharova alleged occurred.

During the investigation, police charged Zakharova for attempting to extort Spitzer, but the charge was dropped when she pleaded guilty to petit larceny for trying to steal money from a third party.

Zakharova’s attorney, Joseph Murray, insisted that his client and Spitzer had a long-standing relationship.

“She had a long-term relationship with him and to be accused of extorting him was absolutely not true, and she would never admit to that,” the lawyer said.

Eliot Spitzer, who resigned as governor in 2008 over sexual improprieties, refused to comment on the accusations.

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