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Monday, March 10, 2008

Actual Breaking News: NY Gov. Spitzer Likes Him Some Hookers

I hated the guy until I read this:
NEW YORK - The New York Times is reporting that Gov. Eliot Spitzer has told senior advisers that he had been involved in a prostitution ring.

Spitzer is scheduled to make an announcement Monday afternoon. Spitzer officials wouldn't immediately comment on the story. Spitzer, 48, is married and has three daughters.
AP story here. Thanks to my Dad for the early heads-up on the story.

UPDATE: More from the NYT story:
ALBANY - Gov. Eliot Spitzer has been caught on a federal wiretap arranging to meet with a high-priced prostitute at a Washington hotel last month, according to a person briefed on the federal investigation.

The wiretap recording, made during an investigation of a prostitution ring called Emperors Club VIP, captured a man identified as Client 9 on a telephone call confirming plans to have a woman travel from New York to Washington, where he had reserved a room. The person briefed on the case identified Mr. Spitzer as Client 9.
I'm guessing this is where he found himself in some relatively serious trouble, but if we have any readers who are lawyer types that would like to elaborate on the details of this kind of case, please do.
Federal prosecutors rarely charge clients in prostitution cases, which are generally seen as state crimes. But the Mann Act, passed by Congress in 1910 to address prostitution, human trafficking and what was viewed at the time as immorality in general, makes it a crime to transport someone between states for the purpose of prostitution. The four defendants charged in the case unsealed last week were all charged with that crime, along with several others.
And of course, how could we forget to mention this from Spitzer's not-too-long-ago past:
As attorney general, he also had prosecuted at least two prostitution rings as head of the state’s organized crime task force.

In one such case in 2004, Mr. Spitzer spoke with revulsion and anger after announcing the arrest of 16 people for operating a high-end prostitution ring out of Staten Island.

“”This was a sophisticated and lucrative operation with a multitiered management structure,” Mr. Spitzer said at the time. ”It was, however, nothing more than a prostitution ring.”
I feel for anyone who gets popped for the crime of paying to get his dick wet. Really, it's a shame in most cases...this just doesn't happen to be one of them.

UPDATE 2: Sorry guys but this is a pretty big story, and I'm enthralled by it, so I'm going to keep posting worthless re-hashes of what I see on cable news and read at political blogs...

Looks like Spitzer will may be indicted based on this complaint filed in the Southern District of New York, and has been identified as "Client 9". The full complaint has been posted by the NYT here. But I pulled this interesting bit from it where the hooker "Kristin" talks to the home offices for the service.
LEWIS continued that from what she had been told "he" (believed to be a reference to Client-9) "would ask you to do things that, like, you might not think were safe - you know - I mean that . . . very basic things. . . . "Kristen" responded: "I have a way of dealing with that . . . I'd be like listen dude, you really want the sex? . . . You know what I mean." Near the end of the call, LEWIS and "Kristen" discussed "Kristen's" departure via Amtrak, the room that Client-9 had provided for "Kristen," and "Kristen's" share of the cash that Client-9 had provided to her. (Call 9750R).
Oh God this is too good...Does Spitzer have an asphyxiation fetish? Not safe...Could be not safe in a non-hygienic way, feces or the like, (who doesn't enjoy a good log on the chest?) but I'm guessing asphyxiation, etc. If I had to make a wild guess I'd say he isn't the dominant. But maybe he is.

BTW, I'm waiting for my call Fox, CNN, MSNBC. I'm there to do on-the-spot, studio analysis on this breaking story. Perhaps I can clear up any questions that might result from sexual information that leaks out. I'm great with fetishes. I'm even pretty good at figuring out where they come from. Where's my agent...? I need air time! Pronto!

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