The New York Times is reporting that New York Governor Eliot Spitzer has admitted to top administrators that he was involved in a prostitution ring. The Times, citing a source with knowledge of the case, says the governor is identified as a client in court papers relating to the arrest of four people connected to a high-end prostitution ring called Emperors Club VIP.
The governor apologized in a public statement this afternoon, but did not directly address the N.Y. Times report. “I have acted in a way that violates my obligations to my family … my sense of right and wrong,” Spitzer said at a news conference at his Manhattan office. “I must now dedicate some time to rededicate my trust to my family.”
Prosecutors say the individuals arrested earlier in connection with the case had arranged connections between wealthy men and prostitutes in New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Miami, London and Paris. The highest-priced prostitute in the Emperors Club charged $5,500 per hour.
Spitzer is married and has three daughters, ages 13 to 18. It’s becoming commonplace to see politicians involved in scandal, but still difficult to imagine what their children will be forced to endure as details come to light.