Charges have been brought by the US Attorneys office for the Southern District of New York against four people involved in a prostitution ring. New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s name has surfaced as one of the customers as “Client #9”.
Fox News and CBS televison both report that Spitzer, famous for his law and order approach as New York Attorney General that he rode to the Capitol, will quit. Another report has called him Client #9 in a high priced prostitution ring.
According to a March 7 story in the New York Times regarding the ring:
The ring, known as the Emperor’s Club V.I.P., had 50 prostitutes available for appointments in New York, Washington, Miami, London and Paris, according to a complaint unsealed on Thursday in Federal District Court in Manhattan. The appointments, made by telephone or through an online booking service, cost $1,000 to $5,500 an hour and could be paid for with cash, credit card, wire transfers or money orders, the complaint said.
After obtaining authorization to tap the club’s phones, federal agents recorded more than 5,000 calls and text messages and had access to 6,000 e-mail messages, court papers said.
New York succession rules mean that Lt. Gov. David Patterson would take over in the event of a resignation. He was a Harlem Senator previously and will be the state’s first black Governor.
Press Release from US Attorney’s Office on the arrests: US-Atty-PressRelease.pdf
Press conference slated to start at 2:15. Eliot “The Sheriff of Wall Street” Spitzer has not yet appeared.