Spitzer Won't Be Charged In Call Girl Scandal


The New York Times reports New York governor turned Luv Gov Eliot Spitzer won't be charged for his part in the call girl scandal that ended his political career.

On March 6, 2008, this office announced the filing of criminal charges related to an international prostitution ring known as the Emperors Club V.I.P. The investigation which led to those charges began when this Office learned of payments made in a questionable manner by former Governor Spitzer to a bank account in the name “QAT Consulting.” After the investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division, the office determined that the QAT Consulting account and a similar account at another financial institution had been used to launder more than $1 million worth of criminal proceeds derived from the Emperors Club V.I.P.’s prostitution business.

Eliot Spitzer has acknowledged to this Office that he was a client of, and made payments to, the Emperors Club V.I.P. Our investigation has shown that on multiple occasions, Mr. Spitzer arranged for women to travel from one state to another state to engage in prostitution. After a thorough investigation, this Office has uncovered no evidence of misuse of public or campaign funds. In addition, we have determined that there is insufficient evidence to bring charges against Mr. Spitzer for any offense relating to the withdrawal of funds for, and his payments to, the Emperors Club V.I.P.

In light of the policy of the Department of Justice with respect to prostitution offenses and the longstanding practice of this office, as well as Mr. Spitzer’s acceptance of responsibility for his conduct, we have concluded that the public interest would not be further advanced by filing criminal charges in this matter.

In a statement, Spitzer responds:

I understand the office of the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York has decided that it will not bring criminal charges against me. I appreciate the impartiality and thoroughness of the investigation by the U.S. attorney’s office, and I acknowledge and accept responsibility for the conduct it disclosed.

I resigned my position as governor because I recognized that conduct was unworthy of an elected official. I once again apologize for my actions, and for the pain and disappointment those actions caused my family and the many people who supported me during my career in public life.

I asked my friend Debauchette, a blogger and ex-courtesan, for her thoughts on the news. She writes:

It's definitely annoying.

I suppose my immediate response is that it seems like a pretty typical case of the john being released while the prostitute, or in this case, the agency, gets punished. It's sad to think that Emperors would have been left alone if it hadn't been for Spitzer. He's the one they were after, and now he gets off while the agency owners get god knows what kind of punishment. Put this within the larger context that Spitzer saw prostitutes while actively seeking their imprisonment, and that Emperors was only attending to his requests, and the whole mess strikes me as a distortion of justice and a sickening waste of resources. But that's nothing new.

Related: "Letters from Johns."

(Image credit: Barbara Kruger's award-winning cover for New York Magazine.)


  1. Can I ask a dumb question? Why doesn’t New York, et al make prostitution legal? I could give a rat’s ass what Spitzer did with his “brain” but why would he or anyone else want to prosecute prostitution? That seems dumb.

  2. I disagree Zuzu, I am only in the middle of the second season of Call Girl and am enjoying it just as much as the first.

  3. @ #1 WOLFIESMA – I totally agree with you. NY and other states should legalize it. Let the state be in charge of making sure the industry is taxed and regulated, just like food industry.

    @ Debauchette – Emperors would have been investigated and likely shut down be it Spitzer or not. What is annoying to me is that Spitzer gets a special treatment where any mortal John would be processed, charged and convicted. But again, that’s nothing new.

  4. “scandal that ended in his political career.”

    What a horrible turn of events! To have to go from a scandal to a career in politics.

  5. While we’re at it, can we make it legal to go see porn and whack off? I think what happened to Paul Rubens was a travesty. Please let there be a less nazi-ish police state with Obama in charge.

  6. To be fair, it’s not clear that the prostitutes are being punished at all, but rather their pimp(s).

  7. Definately conduct unbecoming of his position… Politicians are paid to screw the public, not the other way around.

  8. While we’re at it, can we make it legal to go see porn and whack off? I think what happened to Paul Rubens was a travesty. Please let there be a less nazi-ish police state with Obama in charge.

    Reubens was arrested for whacking off in public, and his career was trashed because the network he worked for didn’t think it was good PR to air a kid’s show hosted by a sex offender (albeit a harmless one).

    You could argue that the government shouldn’t bar people from public masturbation, but it’s not like the Third Reich was the only society to do so.

  9. Reubens was arrested in a porno theater for chrissake. if you’re the type who’s offended by nudity and possible public masturbation, you probably shouldn’t go there.

    As for Spitzer, if the look on his wife’s face during the resignation speech was anything to go by, I’d say he hasn’t been doing much ‘thinking’ with that ‘brain’ since.

  10. So he didn’t misuse public funds, won’t be charged and thus not convicted. He did not abuse his powers. All he did was pay for sex, using his own money.

    And he lost his job.

    Meanwhile, Ted Stevens, who accepted over $250,000 worth of bribes, has been charged and convicted.

    And Ted Stevens is in the process of being re-elected.

  11. brainspore, don’t be dissin pee-wee. he was framed, and i know the cop that did it. the cretinous sumbitch. i prolly shouldn’t be admitting that in public, but i doubt seriously he reads boing/boing or anything this far left. free pee wee!

  12. There was nothing inappropriate about PeeWee’s Playhouse. It was brilliant. It is not like the secret word was jack-off.

    Really, it was a porn theater. What the hell do you think porn is for? Framed or no, I find the idea of a cop hanging out looking to bust people in that situation very creepy.

    And about Spitzer and Stevens and every other scuzzball, no sense getting upset about them getting off (you should forgive the expression). Because you know little Bushy boy is going to be very busy making up a LONG list of presidential pardons.

    What is the history behind presidential pardons anyway, and how can we put a stop to them?

  13. From the first article: “On March 6, 2008, this office announced the filing of criminal charges…”

    From the New York Executive Chamber website, http://www.state.ny.us/governor/press/0304082.html : “GOVERNOR SPITZER PROPOSES LEGISLATION TO ADDRESS SUBPRIME MORTGAGE CRISIS”

    I’m a bit overworked at the moment, can someone craft a suitable conspiracy theory for me?

  14. This whole thing stinks. Add partisans to the Justice Department, give them unfettered spying capabilities and hey presto! Democratic sex scandal. This has Rove’s grubby little hoof-marks all over it. I think he should’ve fought this instead of resigning. Who gives a crap about officals sex-lives?

  15. This news isn’t really a surprise to me. What district attorney in his right mind would actually charge the former governor of his state with soliciting prostitution? Especially after he was shamed in the eye of the public and had to resign from his elected position.

  16. A politician with these type of skeletons in the closet is a very useful thing to some. Personally I wonder what about Spitzer’s political ambitions or personality caused this whole situation to go nuclear. Up until that point, the press coverage he received was very favorable.

  17. Vamidus, I don’t think very many johns are prosecuted. The only time they are usually prosecuted is when caught in the act or when soliciting sex from an undercover cop.

    Meaning, if it came to light that Joe the Average probably-not-a-plumber had procured the services of a prostitute some time in the past, even if they have compelling evidence or testimony, they probably wouldn’t bother charging.

  18. There was a kind of heavy set woman begging in Union
    Square in NYC about 10 days ago.

    Her sign on the sidewalk said “Tired of Being
    a Prostitute”.
    I didn’t stay long enough to watch
    if any passerby gave her money.

  19. I don’t care that he saw call girls. What bothers me is the hypocrisy of it.

    And I do believe prostitution should be legal, but I hesitate when people talk about the government “regulating”.

  20. And I do believe prostitution should be legal, but I hesitate when people talk about the government “regulating”.

    I’m amenable to a compromise where “regulation” means that prostitutes have to be licensed, and licensing consists solely of periodic free testing for diseases paid for by the sales tax of every sex worker transaction, and otherwise all licensed prostitution is completely legal.

  21. Spitzer in German language is a comparative form of the adjective “spitz” meaning “horny” figuratively. Spitzer can also be a nominalisation of said adjective.

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