Eliot Spitzer accuser recants assault story, lawyer says

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The woman who accused Eliot Spitzer of choking her at The Plaza Hotel in New York City on Saturday recanted and apologized in an email before flying back to her native Russia, according to the former governor's lawyer.

"There is no case here," Spitzer's attorney, Adam S. Kaufmann, told The New York Times on Monday. "There was no assault."

The former New York governor is accused of attacking Svetlana Travis on Saturday night after she apparently told him she was going back home. According to the Times, Spitzer was in the room when detectives arrived. The incident is being investigated by the New York Police Department, along with the district attorney's office, which declined TheWrap's request for comment.

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WASHINGTON - APRIL 28: (L-R) New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer addresses the media with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission chairman William H. Donaldson and New York Stock Exchange chairman Richard Grasso during a news conference at SEC headquarters April 28, 2003 in Washington, DC. Donaldson announced a settlement of just under $1.4 billion with ten of the nation's top investment firms as a result of investigations by regulators into research analyst conflicts of interest. (Photo by Stefan Zaklin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: New York Stock Exchange Chairman Richard Grasso (L) New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer (C) and Steven Cutler of the Securities and Exchange Commission take questions during a news conference at the NYSE 20 December 2002 to announce a historic settlement with the nation's top investment firms to resolve issues of conflict of interest at investment firms. AFP PHOTO/Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 31: New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer leaves a Wall Street meeting with lawyers for the 10 largest investment banks and the Securities and Exchange Commision October 31, 2002 in New York City. A proposal by Spitzer would create an oversight committee for research analysts to monitor conflict of interest issues in the securities industry. A key criticism facing brokerage houses is that they issued advice on stocks of companies for whom they were doing consultant work. (Photo by Adam Rountree/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 3: New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer speaks at the Japan Society December 3, 2003 in New York City. Spitzer discussed corporate governance, transparency and the role of the attorney general's office in policing financial markets. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 04: (U.S. TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer speaks at the First Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards for Business & Financial Reporting at a private club December 04, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JULY 21: New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer (2nd-L) gestures near global warming charts as he speaks while Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal listens at a press conference announcing an eight state lawsuit against the five largest U.S. global warming polluters at Spitzer's office July 21, 2004 in New York City. Attorney generals of New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Vermont announced the lawsuit against polluting power companies at Attorney General Spitzer?s office. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer announces a settlement at a press conference 23 November 2004 in New York that will provide overtime pay and back wages to dozens of Central Park pretzel venders. M & T Pretzel Inc. as agreed to pay USD 450,000 to employees for labor law violations. Spitzer has been rumoured as a possible candidate for New York state governor. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JULY 25: New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer announces an agreement to halt pervasive 'pay-for-play? practices in the music business during a press conference July 25, 2005 in his offices in New York City. Under the agreement, SONY BMG has agreed to stop making payments and providing gifts to radio stations and their employees in return for 'airplay' for the company's songs. (Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 9: (L-R) Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), gubernatorial candidate and New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) and New York State Attorney General candidate Andrew Cuomo march down 5th Avenue during the Columbus Day Parade October 9, 2006 in New York City. The democratic candidates campaigned before the parade ahead of the November 7th elections. (Photo by Michael Brown/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JANUARY 13: New York Attorney General Elliot Spitzer (R) speaks to the media with former New York Mayor David Dinkins after receiving Dinkin`s endorsement for New York Governor by January 13, 2006 in New York City. Citing Spitzer`s performance as Attorney General for the state, the former mayor joined other high profile New Yorkers in supporting Spitzer`s run for the governorship in 2006. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
New York, UNITED STATES: New York Governor Elect Eliot Spitzer gives a thumb up as New York Democrats celebrate during a rally in New York, 07 November 2006. Senator Hillary Clinton of New York said America voted for change, after she was reelected to the Senate, telling her supporters that New York and the country wanted a new beginning. AFP PHOTO / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 12: New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer speaks at a groundbreaking ceremony in an underground tunnel of the long-proposed 2nd Avenue subway line April 12, 2007 in New York City. A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the line, one of numerous since the project was first proposed 80 years ago. The first phase of the line is scheduled to be completed in 2013, running from 96th Street to 63rd Street at a cost of $3.8 billion. Upon completion, line would add 8.5 miles of tracks and carry five million riders on weekdays in four of New York City's five boroughs. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Eliot Spitzer, the Governor of New York, speaks during the ceremony near the site of the World Trade Center towers marking the 6th anniversary of the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, New York on 11 September 2007. AFP PHOTO/POOL/Justin LANE (Photo credit should read JUSTIN LANE/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: (L-R) U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and New York governor Eliot Spitzer share a laugh while speaking to members of the press after touring the World Trade Center site September 10, 2007 in New York City. Speaker Pelosi met with New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and toured the World Trade Center site during her one day visit to New York. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 10: Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer attends the 50th Anniversary of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade along 5th Avenue June 10, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 10: New York Governor Eliot Spitzer speaks to the media with his wife Silda Wall Spitzer while delivering an apology to his family and the public following reported links to a prostitution ring March 10, 2008 in New York City. Spitzer apologized to his family and public during the press conference but did not directly address the reports of his being linked to a prostitution ring. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
New York Governor Eliot Spitzer addresses the media with his wife Silda Wall at his office in New York, on March 12, 2008 to announce that he will resign from office after revelations that he had been a client of a prostitution ring. The resignation will take effect on March 17. Lieutenant Governor David Paterson will then take the office of governor. AFP PHOTO/TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A New York Post front page refers to the scandal involving New York Governor Eliot Spitzer on March 12, 2008 outside the governor's New York City office just before he announced his resignation. Spitzer resigned from office after revelations that he had been a client of a prostitution ring. The resignation will take effect on March 17. Lieutenant Governor David Paterson will then take the office of governor. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - MARCH 12: New Governor Eliot Spitzer announces his resignation as his wife Silda Wall Spitzer stands next to him March 12, 2008 in New York City. New York Lieutenant Governor David Paterson will take over for Spitzer when his resignation goes into effect Monday, March 17, 2008. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
ALBANY, NY - MARCH 13: The Governor's Mansion is seen March 13, 2008 in Albany, New York. David Paterson will become New York's Governor on Monday following Gov. Eliot Spitzer's resignation in result of being tied to a prostitution ring. (Photo by Daniel Barry/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 25: Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and wife Silda Wall Spitzer attend the New York Yankees game against the Texas Rangers on August 25, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer speaks at a forum on the future of New York September 16, 2010 at the New York Public Library in New York City. The forum, which was sponsored by the Wall Street Journal, also included New York former Governor George Pataki and current governor David Paterson. Mainstream politicians in New York have been caught off guard by the controversial primary win of upstate millionaire and Tea Party endorsed Carl Paladino as the Republican party`s pick for governor. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28: Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer visits FOX Business' 'Power and Money with David Asman' at FOX Studios on November 28, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Eliot Spitzer and Glenn Beck pose for a photo during Dish Network War Of The Words press conference at Hammerstein Ballroom on September 13, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images for Dish Network)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Eliot Spitzer speaks during Dish Network War Of The Words press conference at Hammerstein Ballroom on September 13, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images for Dish Network)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08: Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is mobbed by reporters while attempting to collect signatures to run for comptroller of New York City on July 8, 2013 in New York City. Spitzer resigned as governor in 2008 after it was discovered that he was using a high end call girl service. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 02: Comptroller candidate Eliot Spitzer campaigns at the West Indian Day Parade on September 2, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Over a million people are expected to attend the 46th annual parade. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Eliot Spitzer, Former politician and prominent U.S. attorney; Co-Director of Reprieve U.S., Paul Williams, M.D, attend 2015 Physicians For Human Rights Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall on April 28, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Physicians for Human Rights)
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The article goes on to say that officers then took the woman to Mount Sinai West, where she apparently told hospital employees that Spitzer had choked her.

Kauffman has yet to respond to TheWrap's request for comment. But in his statement to the Times, he did not deny that Spitzer and Travis knew each other, saying only that, "this is someone that he had a relationship with in the past."

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The New York Post reported on Tuesday that Travis, a "$5K-a-night hooker who lives life of luxury," made similar allegations in 2013 when she filed assault charges against another man, claiming he grabbed her by the neck and "hit her head on the countertop." But court records show the case is no longer pending and that man's lawyer claims Travis "made false accusations against my client."

According to the Post, cops believe that Travis used the byline "Svetlana Z" for an article titled "Sex is Sex, but Money is Money" in which she details how she developed a roster of rich clients.

The story has quickly become front-page news in the Big Apple. The New York Daily News says it talked to a woman claiming to be Travis, who said she was already back in Russia. She said she initially accused Spitzer because she was suicidal.

"If I didn't say Eliot started (it) all, I think I would be hospitalized in some mental home for a few months. I made up the story in order to not be hospitalized," the person claiming to be Travis wrote in an email to The Daily News.

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Spitzer, who has also held TV gigs at MSNBC, CNN and Current, denied the allegation through spokeswoman Lisa Linden.

In 2008, Spitzer famously resigned as governor amid a prostitution scandal in which he was identified as "Client 9." His story was the inspiration behind the CBS hit drama "The Good Wife."

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