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Russian accused of blackmailing Spitzer: Lift gag order

Spitzer delivers his concession speech at his election night party after losing the Democratic primary race for New York City comptroller in New York. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg, File)

A Russian woman who was accused of blackmailing disgraced former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is seeking to lift a court-mandated gag order so she can talk about what she says are Spitzer's fetishes.

Posted: Nov. 30, 2017 2:44 PM
Updated: Nov. 30, 2017 2:44 PM

NEW YORK (AP) - A Russian woman who was accused of blackmailing disgraced former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is seeking to lift a court-mandated gag order so she can talk about what she says are Spitzer's fetishes.


The New York Post reports Svetlana Zakharova filed papers in Manhattan state Supreme Court seeking to lift the gag order imposed as part of her prosecution.

Zakharova called police in February 2016 claiming Spitzer had choked her. Spitzer said she was extorting him.

She later was arrested and charged with forgery and grand larceny. She eventually pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of trying to steal from another man.

Spitzer spokeswoman Lisa Linden calls Zakharova's new allegations "reprehensible lies from an extortionist."

A prostitution scandal forced Spitzer, a Democrat, to resign as governor in 2008.

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