SPITZER EMBROILED IN PROSTITUTION SCANDAL

Embroiled in a prostitution scandal, Gov. Eliot Spitzer said he needed time to dedicate himself to his family, but the first-term Democrat did not indicate that he would resign amids reports linking him to a high-end prostitution ring.

"I have acted in a way that violates my obligation to my family and violates mine or any sense of right and wrong. I apologize first and most importantly to my family. I apologize to the public, to whom I promised better..." Spitzer said in a hastily called press conference in Manhattan. "I must now dedicate some time to regain the trust of my family."

Spitzer made announcement after the New York Times reported his involvement with a prostitution ring on its web site. The Times is reporting that Spitzer is one of the men named in court papers made public last week when authorities busted a international prostitution ring.

Last week, authorities charged four people for their connection to the Emperors Club VIP prostitution ring that charged wealthy men as much as $5,500 an-hour for trysts with high-end hookers. According to the Times, Spitzer is the person named in court documents as "client 9."


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