Woman accused of extorting Spitzer gets 90 days in jail
Svetlana Travis Zakharova copped a plea deal for attempted petit larceny
The reputed Russian escort who allegedly tried to extort $400,000 from developer and former New York governor Eliot Spitzer worked out a plea deal on Monday.
Svetlana Travis Zakharova pleaded guilty to attempted petit larceny for forging the name of an ex-lover on a lease, according to the New York Post. The deal includes the Spitzer case, but she does not have to admit to attempting to blackmail Spitzer by threatening to make their affair public.
She was sentenced to 90 days in court, time that she has already served.
Zakharova first said that Spitzer attacked her after she arrived at The Plaza Hotel last February and would not have sex with him, but she then became the focus of an investigation into whether she demanded money from Spitzer in exchange for not talking.
Spitzer’s term as governor infamously ended with revelations that he was involved with prostitutes. He has since become heavily involved with real estate through his late father’s company Spitzer Engineering and is currently working on large projects in Williamsburg and Hudson Yards. [NYP] – Eddie Small