A law enforcement official has told The Associated Press that New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's involvement in a prostitution ring was caught on a federal wiretap.
The official says Spitzer is identified in court papers as "Client 9," and the wiretap was part of an investigation that opened in the last few months.
The official says the New York governor met last month with at least one woman in a Washington hotel. The law enforcement official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation.
In a statement to the media Spitzer apologized to his family and the public, but did not elaborate on a bombshell report that he was involved in a prostitution ring.
Spitzer says he "acted in a way that violates my obligations to my family" and says he has to spend time with his family.
The governor's wife stood at his side, her hands behind her back and her eyes cast downward, as he made a statement. The New York Times reported earlier in the day that Spitzer told his senior aides he was involved in a prostitution ring.
Silda Spitzer has ties to North Carolina. She is from Concord and went to school at Meredith College in Raleigh.