Eliot Spitzer

Woman charged in ex-NY governor extortion plot held on bail

A young Russian woman who put Eliot Spitzer back in the tabloid headlines last winter when she told doctors he had choked her at a Manhattan hotel was charged Tuesday with extorting nearly $400,000 from the former New York governor.

Svetlana Zakharova covered her eyes and wept through most of an initial court appearance where a Manhattan judge set her bail $1 million. She had been arrested on Monday night on multiple grand larceny and forgery charges after arriving at JFK Airport on a flight from Russia.

A criminal complaint identifying Spitzer as "Complainant 1" accused Zakharova of threatening to expose "intimate details" her relationship with him to...