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Tue Oct 11, 2016, 04:33 PM

The Latest: Ex-NY Governor Extortion Case Woman Held on Bail

Source: Associated Press

The Latest: Ex-NY Governor Extortion Case Woman Held on Bail

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK Oct 11, 2016, 5:09 PM ET

The Latest on a woman accused of trying to extort money from ex-Gov. Spitzer (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

A woman who accused Eliot Spitzer of assaulting her is being held on $1 million bail on charges she extorted nearly $400,000 from the former New York governor.

Svetlana Zakharova appeared in a Manhattan courtroom on Tuesday following her arrest in New York. She openly wept throughout most of the proceeding.

A judge set the bail after a prosecutor described Zakharova as an extreme flight risk. Her attorney said she had no reason to flee.

Authorities say the Russian woman fled the U.S. after accusing Spitzer in February of assaulting her at The Plaza Hotel. Spitzer denied the allegations.

The 26-year-old Zakharova has been charged with grand larceny by extortion. She's also charged with forgery in an unrelated case involving a Bloomfield, New Jersey man.

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Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/latest-ny-governor-extortion-case-woman-held-bail-42736358

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