Man Files Complaint Saying Former Governor Eliot Spitzer Threatened to Stab Him

FILE – In this Aug. 22, 2013 file photo, former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer participates in a primary debate for New York City comptroller in the WCBS-TV studios, in New York. Police are investigating a woman’s report that she was assaulted by former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer at The Plaza Hotel. Spitzer’s spokeswoman says the claim is untrue. Law enforcement officials with knowledge of the case say the woman called 911 on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, from a hotel room rented in Spitzer’s name. The officials weren’t authorized to speak publicly about the case and spoke on condition of anonymity. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Detectives are looking into a man’s claim that disgraced former Gov. Eliot Spitzer threatened to stab him during an irate interaction in a restaurant, police said Sunday.

Jamie Antolini filed a complaint on Friday regarding an argument earlier in the month, authorities said.

Antolini said he was having dinner Jan. 2 when Spitzer went into the Manhattan restaurant and became angry at hearing Antolini loudly praise someone Spitzer had publicly fought with during his years in the public sector.

Police said Antolini accused Spitzer of threatening him with bodily harm, including stabbing him with a knife, and making statements that he would kill him.

Spitzer spokeswoman Lisa Linden said that there was an argument started by a restaurant patron and that Spitzer initially ignored his remarks. She said at no time did Spitzer make any threats.

Spitzer, a Democrat, resigned in 2008 amid revelations that he had sex with prostitutes. Before being governor, he had been the state attorney general.

SOURCE: The Associated Press