Kristin Davis was arraigned today in Manhattan federal court on charges she sold hundreds of prescription pills illegally, hours after her “stunned” campaign consultant urged her to drop out of the comptroller’s race.
Ms. Davis, the “Manhattan Madam” who claims to have arranged prostitutes for ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer and is now running against him for city-wide office, was arrested yesterday after allegedly selling hundreds of prescription pills, including amphetamine, alprazolam and carisoprodol, to a co-operating FBI witness, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
But Ms. Davis’s attorney, Daniel Hochheiser, insisted following a court appearance today that Ms. Davis was innocent.
“Today, Ms. Davis was accused in a hearsay complaint based upon the unsworn statements of an admitted drug dealer,” he told a gaggle of reporters outside of the courthouse, adding that if Ms. Davis is indicted, she will enter a “not guilty” plea.
While Ms. Davis’s chances of winning her election were always slim, it remains unclear whether she intends to continue in her bid against Mr. Spitzer, who has long denied that he ever did business with her.
She refused to answer repeated questions about the charges or the fate of her campaign outside the court house, ignoring reporters and cameramen as she was escorted to a cab.
But her campaign consultant, Roger Stone, urged Ms. Davis to drop out.
“Re Kristin Davis. I am stunned and disappointed. I am hopeful the charges are untrue. I would urge her to end her campaign,” he tweeted earlier this afternoon.
During her court appearance this evening, Ms. Davis, dressed in a black sweater, gray slacks and minimal makeup, with her hair pulled back, appeared calm but dejected. She sat silently, hunched over, with her hands resting on the court table.
She was released on $100,000 bond, and will be forced to undergo drug testing and a mental health evaluation. She faces four controlled substance charges, including distributing and possessing with the intent to distribute, and faces up to 20 years in jail for each count.