An affidavit presented to the court said that a wiretap recording captured a man identified as Client 9 confirming plans to have a woman travel from New York to Washington.
During several phone calls with an Emperors Club booker, Client 9 negotiated the arrival of his "package" — a pretty petite brunette.
The prostitute later rang the Emperors Club to say she had been paid $4,300, after spending around two and a half hours with him. Sources said investigators believe that Mr Spitzer was Client 9.
His statement was widely seen as a pre-emptive strike before the full details of the allegations were made public.
Federal prosecutors rarely charge clients in prostitution cases, which are generally seen as state crimes.
However, the Mann Act, passed by Congress in 1910, makes it a crime to transport someone between states for the purpose of prostitution.
As attorney general, Mr Spitzer prosecuted at least two prostitution rings as head of the state\’s organised crime task force.
In one such case in 2004, he spoke of his revulsion and anger after announcing the arrest of 16 people for operating an upmarket prostitution ring out of Staten Island.
It\’s not the shagging of the tart that\’s the problem as far as I\’m concerned, it\’s the hypocrisy of prosecuting the behaviour in public that you indulge in in private. Still, couldn\’t happen to a nicer man, his antics as a prosecutor were appalling.
That\’s the end of his political career, thank God.