NYPD Investigating Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer in Possible Assault at Hotel

PHOTO: Eliot Spitzer, former governor of New York, speaks at the Brooklyn Real Estate Summit in New York, in this Nov. 17, 2015 file photo.PlayYana Paskova/Bloomberg via Getty Images
WATCH Eliot Spitzer Investigated in Possible Assault at Hotel

New York police are investigating an incident at a Manhattan hotel in which a woman said she was assaulted by former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, although she declined to press charges, police said.

The alleged incident occurred at the Plaza Hotel at around 8 p.m. Saturday, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the case.

Spitzer, 56, and the woman -- identified by ABC station WABC as a 25-year-old -- had "some sort of romantic relationship for about two years," and it appeared she was going to break up with him, which "may have led to the spat," the official said.

The woman sustained no injuries of substance but was hospitalized to be treated for a non-serious cut on her arm and later released, the official said. The injury was not sustained in the altercation, the official said.

The woman identified Spitzer as her assailant, but then decided she did not want to press charges, though detectives were continuing to investigate, the official said.

The NYPD said in a statement that the victim identified Spitzer and that "through an ongoing investigation" police are working to "further establish the identity of the subject and the nature of the incident."

Lisa Linden, a spokeswoman for Spitzer, said "there is no truth to the allegation."

Spitzer's lawyer also claims the alleged victim sent an email recanting her story, but ABC news has not seen the email and thus can't confirm its authenticity.

Spitzer, who was New York State attorney general before being elected governor in 2006, was forced to resign in 2008 after an investigation into a prostitution operation identified him as "Client 9," who had spent $15,000 on call girls. Investigators found he had spent no public funds on prostitutes, and he faced no charges in the case.