This weekend NYPD officers discovered a bloody scene inside disgraced former New York governor Eliot Spitzer’s hotel room at the famed Plaza Hotel, where the politician allegedly choked his 25-year-old girlfriend. The argument, officials say, may have started because the woman indicated she wanted to end the relationship.
The woman, Svetlana Travis, was hospitalized Saturday night. Police responded to the $1,000-night suite after she called 911 to say she was having a breakdown and had slashed her own wrist, the Post reports, but left after Spitzer answered the door saying that everything was fine. When the cops went back to check, they reportedly observed broken glass and blood on the floor.
Travis, who briefly cooperated with the NYPD before declining to press charges, allegedly claimed Spitzer had choked her during an argument, which officials tell ABC began when she indicated their relationship was over.
The alleged incident occurred at the Plaza Hotel at around 8 p.m. Saturday, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the case.
Spitzer, 56, and the woman — identified by ABC station WABC as a 25-year-old — had “some sort of romantic relationship for about two years,” and it appeared she was going to break up with him, which “may have led to the spat,” the official said.
So far police have declined to charge Spitzer with any crimes in connection to the incident, and according to the Post he was seen “wearing a skullcap” while visiting Travis at the hospital Sunday. Sources tell the tabloid that she refused to cooperate in the investigation after giving her initial statement and may already have left the US for Russia.