Scandal a boost for call girl's career?

Z100 now playing her single
March 14, 2008 4:07:52 AM PDT
Governor Spitzer is resigning in disgrace, and the prostitute at the center of the sex scandal that led to his downfall has been revealed. "Kristen" is one of the girls Spitzer allegedly spent thousands of dollars for as a client of a prostitution ring.

"There are some very frantic girls running around worrying about their exposure in light of the identity of client No. 9," Kathleen Mullin, Attorney for Emperor's Club Escort. "And I think, by the way, there are some very frantic men running around, clients 1 through 8, and there after, who are also running around."

The black book that destroyed Governor Spitzer has more secrets to reveal. The New York Post, citing sources, claim that other Emperor's Club clients include a top New York judge, a former law-enforcement official and a close friend of Spitzer.

According to British reports, one of the clients is the Duke of Westminster - multi-billionaire Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor. He is the wealthiest man in Great Britain. He denies the allegation.

Yesterday, the New York Times reported that Kristen was born Ashley Youmans, but is now known as Ashley Alexandra Dupre. She left a broken home in Belmar, New Jersey, at age 17 and came to New York City to try and break into the nightclub scene as a rhythm and blues singer, according to the paper.

"She's ok," said Jurena Cantrell, a spokesperson for Dupre's producer, Simon Illa, in a statement. "She's taking care of herself. She's human. She is not reading newspapers or watching television. She's trying to stay focused on herself and her career. She is a singer and songwriter. This may produce some great music."

Now 22, Dupre lives in a ninth-floor rental in an upscale apartment building in the Flatiron district. Richard Shea, spokesperson for the Chelsea Landmark, released the following statement:

"While it is Chelsea Landmark's policy to not discuss building tenants, Ashley Dupre has approved that we alert the media to the fact that she is not currently in the building. Building management does not anticipate her return in the near future and we request that the media respect the rights and privacy of those residing in the building."

On Monday, she reportedly made a brief appearance in federal court as a witness in the case against four people charged with operating the prostitution ring.

"I just don't want to be thought of as a monster," she told the Times. "This has been a very difficult time. It is complicated."

Dupre said on by telephone Tuesday night that she was worried about how she would pay her rent since the man she was living with "walked out on me" after she discovered he had fathered two children, the newspaper reported.

She told the Times she was considering working at a friend's restaurant or, once her apartment lease expires, moving back in with her family in New Jersey to relax.

Meanwhile, Z100 , New York's Hit Music Station, world premiered "What We Want" by Dupre Thursday afternoon.

"Z100 is all about playing what's hot, and we can't think of anything hotter than a song from the woman at the center of the scandal that took down the governor of New York," senior vice president of programming Tom Poleman said. "On top of that, it's not a bad song. Looks like she may have a new career; this time in music."

Dupre reportedly also has offers to pose in Penthouse and Hustler.

On her MySpace page, Dupre writes of her "odyssey to New York from New Jersey through North Carolina, Miami, D.C., Virginia and Austin, Texas."

She reportedly owns a company, created in 2005, called Pasche New York, which her lawyer said was an entertainment business designed to further her singing career.

She says music is her first love and mentions Patsy Cline, Frank Sinatra, Christina Aguilera and Lauryn Hill among a long list of influences, including her brother, Kyle.

Her mother is identified as 46-year-old Carolyn Capalbo, who said her daughter she attended Wall High School in Belmar until her sophomore year, when she moved to North Carolina.

"She was a young kid with typical teenage rebellion issues, but we are extremely close now," Capalbo told the Times.

Capalbo told the newspaper that she was "shell-shocked" when her daughter called mid-last week and told her she had been working as an escort and was now in trouble with the law. She said she was not sure Dupre realized who Mr. Spitzer was when he was her client.

"She is a very bright girl who can handle someone like the governor," Capalbo told the Times. "But she also is a 22-year-old, not a 32-year-old or a 42-year-old, and she obviously got involved in something much larger than her."