He’s still living a secret life.
The hooker-loving Eliot Spitzer was seeing a sultry 25-year-old blond at the same time he was carrying on with his girlfriend — but became enraged when the Russian bombshell wanted to move back to her native country, sources said Monday.
The disgraced former governor is accused of attacking Svetlana Travis — aka Svetlana Zakharova — Saturday night inside a posh, $1,000-a-night suite at The Plaza hotel on Fifth Ave., a day before she flew home.
Spitzer’s lawyer admitted the two know each other. But he denied allegations that Spitzer got physical with Travis and said she never told cops he did.
Democrat Spitzer and his girlfriend, Lis Smith, 33, broke up in December. It was revealed in 2013 that the fallen governor was dating Smith, a Democratic operative who left her job after their relationship became public. On Monday night, Spitzer issued a statement denying he was dating Travis.
“The woman who initially made the allegation was not my girlfriend. Lis Smith was my girlfriend, and I had and have deep affection for Lis,” he said.
Travis is the same woman who calls herself “Svetlana Z” and wrote a 2014 article for the website Medium that was headlined “Sex Is Sex, But Money Is Money,” “Inside Edition” reported Monday.
In the article, the woman, who claimed to earn upward of $5,000 a night, wrote: “I’m a businesswoman. I did what politicians in this country are always encouraging immigrants to do: work hard, seize opportunity, maximize your talents.”
When the Daily News asked by email if she wrote the article, a person claiming to be Travis said she did not. A Gmail account is included in Travis’ public records and tracks to a Russian-language message board offering escort services and erotic massages.
The person claiming to be Travis, who refused to provide a photo for verification and later deleted the Gmail account, said she was already back in Russia. She said she was suicidal and that’s why she initially said Spitzer hurt her and then recanted.
“If I didn’t say Eliot started (it) all, I think I would be hospitalized in some mental home for a few months. I made up the story in order to not be hospitalized,” the person claiming to be Travis wrote.
She said she’d tried to cut her wrists Saturday night while Spitzer was with her at the hotel. He pushed her onto the bed to stop her, she wrote. She denied being a call girl and said she’s fine now.
Police sources said that after Spitzer, 56, allegedly choked and pushed Travis — someone he’s known for two years — at the hotel, she cut herself with a broken glass.
“She then cut herself with the glass,” one source said. “It wasn’t really on the wrist, like she was trying to kill herself. It was more on the arm. She said she was having a nervous breakdown.”
Travis went to Roosevelt Hospital, where she named the “Luv Gov” as her attacker, the sources said. After the hospital visit, while she was being driven by police, “at one point she gets out of the car and says she doesn’t want to press charges,” a source said.
In the hours after the alleged scrap, Spitzer was caught on hotel video wearing a wool cap pulled down low over his eyes, sources said. While Travis was in the hospital, a man identifying himself as “George” called twice to ask about seeing her.
Later, a man believed to be the same person showed up using the name “George” and wanted to see her but was told he could not, sources said.
Police believe the caller and the visitor were Spitzer because hospital video shows him wearing the same wool cap, sources said.
Spitzer was known to use the alias “George Fox” — the name of a longtime friend and supporter — when he was soliciting hookers in 2008.
Later Monday, Spitzer’s lawyer sent a “fact sheet” acknowledging he was in the hotel room with Travis — but strongly denying he had assaulted her or been involved in any criminal activity.
The lawyer wouldn’t say what type of relationship the two had or how long they’d known each other. The ex-governor visited her at The Plaza hotel at her request as she passed through New York on her way back to Russia, the statement said.
“They had a brief and amicable conversation, and then Mr. Spitzer left,” his attorney Adam Kaufmann said.
When Travis called a few hours later and asked Spitzer to return to The Plaza, he did, the lawyer said.
“He saw her becoming highly emotional and threatening to self-harm. She dialed 911 and said she was having a breakdown,” Kaufmann wrote.
“She then called 911 again and sought to cancel her prior call to 911. She was distraught and Mr. Spitzer sought to keep her calm. There were no allegations to 911 or to the police — either in the 911 call or when they responded to the Plaza hotel — of any assault or physical contact,” the lawyer said. The allegation against Spitzer came during her psychiatric evaluation, Kaufmann said.
The woman claiming to be Travis told The News in an email that she and Spitzer “were friends, but not anymore.”
She said she had a history of suicide attempts and had been institutionalized in the past. When she saw how deeply she’d cut her wrist Saturday night she dialed 911 — then called back to cancel out of fear she’d be locked up in a mental ward, she explained.
“He didn’t choke me,” she wrote. “Eliot didn’t cut me, didn’t choke me, he knows about my mental issues in the past and he was the only one who had helped me that night.”
Prosecutors will determine whether any charges will be filed against Spitzer. NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce is leading the investigation. Spitzer has yet to be interviewed by cops.
The super of a Murray Hill building where Travis lived said she moved out in late January. Neither he nor a neighbor had seen Spitzer at the building.
“She seemed friendly. She’s Russian. I know who he is, but he’s never been here,” the neighbor said of Spitzer.
The neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said there was an eviction notice on her door last month.
“On Jan. 29, which was a Friday night, was the last time I physically saw her here,” the neighbor said. “She had to be out by the 31st. She took out some lamps and a couple of boxes with books, normal moving stuff.”
Travis had lived at the building for about a year, he said.
“She was always quiet, polite to people in the hallway,” the neighbor said. “She was soft-spoken. There was never any disturbances, loud music. Definitely no governors here.”
Spitzer resigned in disgrace in March 2008 after he was embroiled in a prostitution scandal linked to escort Ashley Dupre.
Before that, the Luv Gov was the state’s hard-charging attorney general, earning the more flattering Sheriff of Wall Street nickname.