Scandal-hit NY governor 'sorry' apologises
New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, who was allegedly caught on wire taps arranging for a high price prostitute, has apologised to his family and public and said that he must now dedicate some time to regain the trust of his family.Updated: Mar 11, 2008 09:02 IST
New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, who was allegedly caught on wire taps arranging for a high price prostitute, has apologised to his family and public and said that he must now dedicate some time to regain the trust of his family.
However, Spitzer did not say whether he would resign but analysts said he would be under tremendous pressure to put in his papers and would find it difficult to function.
"I apologise first and most importantly to my family. I apologise 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," he said with his grim-faced wife Silda sanding by his side.
As the head of the State's crime task force, he had also prosecuted two prostitution rings.
According to a affidavit filed in a federal court, a man, identified as client 9, was found in wiretaps to be arranging woman to go to his room which he had reserved in the hotel in Washington.
The names are generally withheld in court papers until a complaint is formally filed. So far no complaint has been filed against him.
Media reports quoted law enforcement officials as saying the man was Spitzer and that he was contacted by federal officials on Friday to inform him of the investigation.
Spitzer, father of three, told media in a brief statement hours after the scandal broke on New York Times website: "I have acted in a way that violates my obligation to my family and violates my or any sense of right or wrong."
The Governor was due to make an announcement in this regard, the papers said.
The revelation, which could jeopardize the future of a man who built his career on fighting corruption on the Wall Street and was elected on the slogan of bringing back ethics, comes within days of federal prosecutors arresting four people involved in an international prostitution ring which charged between $1,000 and $5,500 per hour for the services of prostitutes.
It operated in New York, Washington, Los Angeles and several European cities including London and laundered more than one million dollars over four years, according to the complaint filed.
ABC television network said that Client 9 seems to have spent USD 4300 on the services of the prostitute identified only as Kristen. He paid for his train and cab fares as also room service and room.
The complaint says that Kristen was described to Spitzer as "an American, petite, very pretty brunette, 5 feet 5 inches, and 105 pounds."
The news was broken by the New York Times on its website and within minutes there were calls for his resignation.
Law enforcement sources were quoted by ABC as saying that Spitzer allegedly made a series of calls to arrange for a prostitute to come to his hotel room at 8:47 pm, telling her that the door to his room would be left open.
According to the same set of federal documents the Governor may also have asked prostitutes to engage in "unsafe"sex.