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‘Manhattan Madam’ Kristin Davis Pleads Not Guilty To Drug Charges

Kristin Davis has run for governor and city comptroller. (credit: Getty Images)

Kristin Davis has run for governor and city comptroller. (credit: Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Kristin Davis, the “Manhattan Madam” who claims former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer among her past clients, pleaded not guilty to federal drug charges Monday.

As WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported, the bleach blonde is accused of selling perscription painkillers, amphetamines and oxycodone — sometimes used at house parties. Davis, who unsuccessfully ran for city comptroller last year and for governor in 2010, faces four counts of¬†possessing and distributing controlled substances.¬†Each count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

She insisted through her lawyer that she’s not looking for a plea deal later, that she wants to go to trial.

Her attorney, Daniel Hochheiser, said the drug charges are local allegations dressed up as a federal case because of who Davis is, not because of any interstate criminal activity.

Prosecutors say Davis, 38, sold drugs to an FBI informant who captured the transactions on audio and video recordings.

Davis previously served four months at Rikers Island for promoting prostitution. Spitzer, who resigned in 2008 amid a prostitution scandal, has denied Davis’ claims that he hired escorts from her.

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