Wednesday, March 12, 2008

"Kristen," Gov. Spitzer's Call Girl, Now Has a Face and a Name

The New York Times has posted a story on its Web site that seems to be the first to name, and show photos of, the woman called "Kristen" who is the prostitute at the center of NY Governor Eliot Spitzer's downfall.

The Times identified the woman as 22-year-old Ashley Alexandra Dupré (born Ashley Youmans), and her identity became known because she made a court appearance as a witness against the four people arrested and charged with running the Emperors Club VIP prostitution ring.

Dupré gave several phone interviews Tuesday night, the Times says, and said that she had felt a lot of stress from the Spitzer case and hadn't slept much in the last week. And yes, she has a MySpace page.

The article says that Ashley Alexandra Dupré is originally from New Jersey and came to New York City as a teen and worked at nightclubs with hopes of being an R&B singer.

“I just don’t want to be thought of as a monster,” Dupré said, adding, "This has been a very difficult time. It is complicated.”

Dupré has not been charged in the Emperors Club VIP case, but her lawyer noted that she had been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury.

Ashley Alexandra Dupré didn't say how many times she met with Spitzer, how many meetings she had been on through Emperors Club VIP, or when she started working for the outfit.

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