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Gov. Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal: Client 9 at Emperors Club VIP

Gov. Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal: Client 9 at Emperors Club VIP New York Governor Eliot Spitzer has been caught arranging to meet with a high-priced Emperors Club VIP prostitute last month. According to the latest reports, Gov. Eliot Spitzer was caught on federal tapped telephone call confirming plans to have a woman travel from New York to Washington, where he had reserved a hotel room. The man soliciting prostitution was using the code name "Client 9", which was later identified as Governor Eliot Spitzer.

 The man described as Client 9 in court papers arranged to meet with a prostitute who was part of the prostitution ring under surveillance, Emperors Club VIP, on the night of February 13th. The affidavit says that Client 9 met with the woman in hotel room 871 but the name of the hotel has been withheld. According to  a person told of Mr. Spitzer's travel arrangements, the Governor stayed at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington on that night, but room 871 was reserved under a different name that night. The New York Sun is reporting that the prostitution Emperors Club VIP ring had call girls that charged as much as $5,500 per hour.

 Federal prosecutor arrested four people in connection with the high-priced prostitution ring and although clients are rarely charged in these circumstances, the Mann Act, which addresses prostitution and human trafficking, makes it a crime to transport someone between states for the purpose of prostitution. Meanwhile Fox News is reporting that the governor will resign, citing sources close to Eliot Spitzer.

 "I have acted in a way that violates my obligation to my family and violates my or any sense of right or wrong. I apologize first and most importantly to my family. I apologize to the public to whom I promised better. I have disappointed and failed to live up to the standard I expected of myself. I must now dedicate some time to regain the trust of my family," Gov. Eliot Spitzer said in a statement earlier today, but did not address his political future.

 Political analysts in the media are already seeing Eliot Spitzer's prostitution scandal as bad news to Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, with whom Mr. Spitzer has strong ties. Despite having no relation with Eliot Spitzer's private life, the odds makers at the online sportsbook BodogLife have lengthened the odds on Hillary Clinton to win the presidential race in November to the whopping 11/4, miles away from the favorite fellow Democrat Barack Obama, who is holding odds of 11/10.

 Published on 03/10/2008

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