Democratic New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has admitted involvement in a prostitution ring, He was reportedly caught on tape in a federal wiretap investigation concerning the Emperors Club VIP prostitution ring, making ‘escort’ arrangements.
The hardball-playing Governor Spitzer did not elaborate on the scandal, or talk about a potential resignation. He said in a news conference.
“I have acted in a way that violated my obligation to my family and that has violated my or anyone’s sense of right and wrong….I apologize first and more importantly to my family, I apologize to my public to whom I promised better. I am disappointed that I failed to live up to the standard I expected of myself. I must now dedicate time to regain the trust of my family,”
Quoting AP, the NYT has broken this story of the New York Governor involved in a prostitution ring.The Emperors Club VIP ring reportedly provided prostitutes to wealthy customers in the United States and Europe, with rates ranging up to $5000 per hour.
Spitzer is married with three children. As the Empire State’s two time Attorney General he built his reputation as a no-nonsense politician to fight corruption. That earned him Crusader of the Year title from Time Magazine.
He was tipped to be a potential Vice Presidential candidate in the 2008 elections, with a future shot at the Presidency. These plans will now be under question. He was seen as a crusader, taking on Wall Street conflicts and two criminal prosecution cases of prostitution rings.
Quoting the Times, Amy Westfeldt says:
The Times reported that a person with knowledge of the governor’s role believes the governor is identified as a client in court papers. Four people allegedly connected to a high-end prostitution ring called Emperors Club VIP were arrested last week.
The Web site of the Emperors Club VIP displays photographs of scantily clad women with their faces hidden, along with hourly rates depending on whether the prostitutes were rated with one diamond, the lowest ranking, or seven diamonds, the highest. The most highly ranked prostitutes cost $5,500 an hour, prosecutors said.
It is not clear from the press conference if he is stepping aside or not. We will be updating this breaking story as more details become available
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