Eliot Spitzer Unmasked as ‘Client-9’ in Prostitution Ring
Posted on Mar 10, 2008
His rise in New York politics was meteoric, and now Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s fall from grace looks to be just as spectacular: On Monday, The New York Times reported that Spitzer had been a client of an international prostitution ring called the Emperors Club, in which he was known by the alias “Client-9.”
The Smoking Gun:
As described in the FBI document, Client-9 (clearly a repeat customer) apparently went to great lengths to arrange the illicit Washington encounter, choosing to mail money in advance to the ring, instead of using a credit card. Client-9, whose conversations were recorded by an FBI wiretap, would not do “traditional wire transferring,” the affidavit quotes one Emperors Club employee remarking. Additionally, the affidavit notes that after her appointment with Client-9 ended, “Kristen” spoke with a Emperors Club booker, who said that she had been told that Client-9 “would ask you to do things that, like, you might not think were safe…” “Kristen” responded by saying, essentially, that she could handle guys like that.
Spitzer in hot water: The New York governor may be facing the end of his political career after his connection with the Emperors Club was revealed.