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Manhattan Madame who 'supplied former Governor Eliot Spitzer with prostitutes' is sentenced to two years in prison for selling prescription pills
Former New York Gov Eliot Spitzer, who resigned in scandal 10 years ago after it was revealed he spent $10,000 on prostitutes, is still making headlines because of his sex life.
Spitzer's former mistress is now claiming that he used to smuggle her inside a suitcase into the Manhattan apartment he shared with then-wife Silda Wall.
'He used to sneak me into his Fifth Avenue apartment in a black suitcase when his wife was away,' Svetlana Travis Zakharova, 28, told the New York Post.
'My knees would be up by my face. When the doorman would ask if he could help, Eliot would say "No thanks."'
Eliot Spitzer's former mistress Svetlana Travis Zakharova, 28, claims he used to smuggle her inside a suitcase into his Manhattan apartment when they were dating
She alleges that Spitzer, 59, did this 15 times in the course of their relationship, which ended after she accused him of choking her at The Plaza Hotel in 2016.
Zakharova claims that she and Spitzer first began their relationship in 2010, when he came into the massage parlor where she worked and asked for oral sex.
'He was a regular customer, a typical guy,' she recalled. 'He started to come in more and more asking for me, maybe a couple of times a week.'
'When I first met him, he bragged about how rich he was. But I didn't believe him because he had holes in his underwear.'
'I think he asked for me because my English wasn't that good and he thought I didn't know who he was. Meanwhile, I saw his face on a store window.'
Spitzer was just two years separated from the scandal that destroyed his rising political career, although he continued to make TV appearances on the likes of CNN.
Zakharova said she was 'shy' and would just give him a 'straight massage' while he asked about her family, dreams, and goals.
Zakarova said her knees would be 'up to my face' as Spitzer dragged her past the doorman and up to his Manhattan apartment (pictured)
Spitzer shared the apartment with his then-wife Silda Wall. Zakharova claimed he would sneak her in whenever Wall was out of town
'He said he was a lawyer and he would help me with anything I wanted,' she told the Post.
'After a while, he asked for [oral sex] but I told him no. He pulled out money, it was a lot, maybe an inch-thick of 20s. He said, "I have money, how about sex?'"
Zakharova said she and Spitzer, who has three adult daughters, eventually began 'to date' even though she 'knew he was married and a father'.
She said Spitzer - who she calls a 'sexual deviant' - would often talk about his wife and another girlfriend, complaining they wouldn't do certain things in bed.
'He used to make me buy sex toys, dildos, and long-term [erection gel], a leash with a choker,' Zakharova recalled.
'I would throw them out after we used them and then buy new ones the next time we were together.'
Zakharova said they began seeing each other four times a week for sex, which would sometimes even include leading the former governor around on a leash in the bedroom.
She said Spitzer - who she calls a 'sexual deviant' - would often talk about his wife and another girlfriend, complaining they wouldn't do certain things in bed with him
'He would tie me up and call me names, a b***h,' she claimed. 'He would say, "I'm going to kill you". He said, "Whatever happens in bed stays in bed."'
Zakharova said Spitzer also broke his wife's 'family only' rule for their upstate farm, taking his mistress there and making her omelettes or potatoes that he cooked in the microwave.
'He was not a good cook,' she added.
Zakharova claims that Spitzer was a 'control freak' throughout their relationship, calling her 20 times a day and becoming angry if she dated anyone else.
She alleges that he paid her up to $5,000 a night for sex but was inconsistent with his payments, sometimes writing checks for $10,000 and other times paying only $300 at a time.
'It was not a luxurious life,' she said. 'I was living in cheap hotels and hostels. He talked about getting me an apartment but never did.'
'He said he was going to help me get a green card, but never did.'
Their relationship came to a fiery end in 2016, when Zakharova called 911 from the bathroom of their hotel room at the Plaza and said they had gotten into a fight.
Police found broken glass and blood splatter on the floor of the hotel room. Zakharova was discovered injured in the bathroom.
Her version of what happened changed several times during the investigation.
At first, Zakharova claimed Spitzer had choked her after she refused his sexual advances, alleging that he said: 'What am I paying you for?'
In another story she said he was angry because she'd told him of her plans to go back to her native Russia, calling her a 'whore'.
Spitzer was never charged and she left the country five months later. The former governor then sued her, claiming she was ruining his life by trying to extort him.
In January, Zakharova released a recording of a phone call she claimed was from Spitzer.
'You're going to die a slow and painful death you f*****g b***h,' a man can be heard telling her.
It is not clear who initiated the call, but the recording begins with Zakahrova saying: 'You never helped me, you ruined my life.'
In response, the man fires back: 'You f**king b***h! You piece of s**t. And then you f**king destroyed my life! You know what's going to happen to you? You're going to be f**king dead.'
'You're going to die a slow painful death and your family is going to look at you and laugh because you're a f**king b***h.'
Spitzer claimed he had only given Zakharova money to keep her quiet about their relationship.
He was never charged and Zakharova soon found herself in trouble with the law after she allegedly tried to extort the former governor for $400,000.
Zakharova accepted a plea deal in October 2017, pleading guilty to petit larceny for stealing money from an ex-lover to pay her rent.
The deal meant that she would not have to serve time for extorting Spitzer but it also stopped her from being able to speak publicly about it.
Last November, her lawyers filed a motion to lift that ban - allowing her to begin spilling details about their past sex life.
Now Zakharova's attorney is trying to push New York US Attorney Geoffrey Berman to investigate Spitzer, claiming the former governor used his influence to get the NYPD to 'find anything and everything they could to prosecute her with'.
As for Zakharova, she said she is now working on books and movie deals detailing her past relationship with Spitzer.
ROYALTY, celebrities, and industry titans: Former prostitute at escort service in Eliot Spitzer sting reveals life at the Emperors Club with its famous clients
A madam-turned-candidate who ran against former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer in the city comptroller's race last year has been sentenced to two years in prison for selling prescription drugs illegally.
Federal Judge Edgardo Ramos sentenced a tearful, bleached blonde Kristin Davis after she apologized to the court on Wednesday.
The newly licensed cosmetologist asked for leniency. She said a prison sentence would cause her to lose her apartment and threaten her license.
Drug dealer and madame: Former Manhattan madam Kristin Davis arrives for her sentencing hearing at U.S. District Court in Manhattan where she was convicted of dealing prescription drugs
Eliot Spitzer's madame: Kristin Davis has said she supplied hookers to former Governor Eliot Spitzer who is pictured here with his ex-wife Silda in 2008
The judge noted that she committed a second crime almost as soon as she was off probation from her first offense.
The New York Daily News reports that the judge told her that she had both a caring family and professional success and had no reason other than greed to sell oxycodone, amphetamines, and muscle relaxers.
'The fact of the matter is you should not be standing here. You know better,” Judge Edgardo Ramos told Davis in Manhattan Federal Court.
'You involved yourself in this for no apparent reason but greed.'
Davis pleaded guilty in 2008 to promoting prostitution and spent four months in jail. The same year, Spitzer resigned as governor in an escort-service controversy.
In and out of the courtroom: Kristin Davis leaves Manhattan federal court in New York last year around the time she was arrested for peddling powerful prescription medications
Guilty: Kristen Davis, a one-time madam who ran against Elliott Spitzer in the New York City comptroller race last year, walks away from federal court in Manhattan on Wednesday after being sentenced
She was arrested for selling prescription drugs to an FBI informant last year.
Davis told the judge that she was trying to straighten out her life by starting a career in cosmetology.
She said she only started dealing drugs after suffering for four months in Riker's Island where she served time for promoting prostitution.
'One hour inside of Rikers in solitary confinement was hell,' Davis said, tearing up.
'I came out of four months in solitary with a lot of issues.
She was also sentenced to two years supervised released and both mental health and drug treatment.
The judge made Davis give up $1,765 which is the value of the pills she sold from January to April of last year.
Davis has claimed that she was Eliot Spitzer's go to Madame when he wanted a hooker.
Last year she ran as city controller against both Elliot Spitzer and Scott Stringer.
Her campaign, though a longshot, was stifled when she was arrested for selling drugs in August.
Davis has said she looks forward to continuing her career as a cosmetologist once she gets out of prison.
Client number nine: Kristin Davis says that she introduced Eliot Spitzer (client number nine) to both former prostitutes Ashley Alexandra Dupre (left) and Rebecca Woodard (right)
Valerie Baber was one of several prostitutes out of the job when New York escort service the Emperors Club was busted in 2008, following a federal investigation of then-Governor Eliot Spitzer
A former prostitute at the escort agency famously exposed in the federal investigation of then-New York Governor Eliot Spitzer has written an essay about her time as a sex worker, after leaving the business to get her master's degree.
Valerie Baber went by the name Racquel when she worked at the Emperors Club - a prostitution service for VIPs in New York that was disbanded in 2008 following the revelation that Governor Spitzer was 'Client 9'.
But Baber only has positive reviews of working at the Emperors Club, and even admits enjoying some of the sex she had with Forbes-listers, royalty, politicians, athletes, celebrities and industry titans.
Baber says '90 per cent' of her clients were attractive and influential people who didn't have to pay for sex but did it out of convenience or addiction.
'In my dealings with clients, I often felt like they could be addicts,' she said. 'But I didn't mind, and it has never been my job to overthink it.'
She adds that the work wasn't always easy. Most of the men she slept with made her do all the work in the bed.
'That's how all of my clients preferred it. I guess if I were paying $1,500 an hour, I wouldn't want to do any work either,' she said.
Among her regular clients were 'professional gamblers and boxers, top-tier doctors and lawyers, high-flying finance types, an Ivy league professor and several successful entrepreneurs.'
Baber liked being a prostitute because she could make more in one hour than seven hours dancing as a stripper, one of her previous occupations.
'A high-end agency would allow me to take a break from the unhealthy world of gentlemen’s clubs. I’d need to meet with only one man instead of 40. I wouldn’t have to be around a group of vapid people in various stages of chemical alteration, and unlike the guys I had to approach at the club, I knew the men I’d meet through a service would be guaranteed to want my company—they would have already handpicked me,' she said. 'I’d also be able to get to bed at a reasonable time and get up in the morning with the rest of the normal world. '
Client 9: Baber worked at Emperors Club with Dupre (pictured above), who went by the name Kristen and was caught by federal investigators setting up 'meetings' with Spitzer
But her life of easy money came crashing down the day she received a phone call from Agent Kenneth Hosey, asking to meet as soon as possible.
Baber lawyered up and signed a proffer agreement to divulge everything she knew about the club to federal investigators. While she knew prostitution was against the law, Baber didn't know why she was being targeted.
'I felt violated and confused. Why was it anyone’s business what I did in my private life? I hadn’t hurt anyone. I paid my taxes. I helped women with strollers down subway stairs.
'I was made to feel as though I had done something truly horrible. But I knew with every fiber of my being that I had done nothing wrong. In fact, I’m still unsure what “crime” was ever committed.'
Baber ended up having to pay her lawyer $25,000 to settle the issue.
After the end of the Emperor's Club, Baber temporarily moved to the U.K. where she got two university degrees from the University of Sussex and Middlesex University. She also received a degree from NYU.
While the end of the Emperors Club turned out to be a good thing for Baber in that she was finally able to go back to school, it was more traumatic for Spitzer.
After the revelation that he slept with an Emperors Club escort named Ashley Dupre, Spitzer resigned and he was unsuccessful when he tried to salvage his career by running in New York City's comptroller race this year - losing out to Scott Stringer.
Looking back on the prostitute part of her life, Baber says it helped her learn that men 'aren't pigs' and just like women, they 'need to be with someone who puts effort into maintaining all the things that attracted them in the first place.'
'It seems simple enough, but these things often go neglected by their wives and partners.'