Spitzer's call girl could parlay infamy into payday

Fri Mar 14, 2008 5:29pm EDT
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By Emily Chasan

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The $1,000-an-hour prostitute reportedly hired by New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer may soon make much more than that, turning her 15 minutes of infamy into a tidy sum of money.

Since 22-year-old Ashley Alexandra Dupre was identified by The New York Times late on Wednesday as the governor's paramour, the prostitute and aspiring singer's songs have become the most popular downloads on a music-sharing Web site and at least one magazine is prepared to pay her for a nude photo spread.

Proving the adage there's no such thing as bad publicity, Hustler publisher Larry Flynt told the Access Hollywood television program on Friday that he plans to offer Dupre $1 million to pose nude in his magazine.

Earlier this week, the woman told the Times she was worried about paying her rent this month after the escort service she worked for was shut down by federal officials.

The newspaper reported Spitzer was heard on a federal wiretap last month arranging a tryst with a prostitute called "Kristen," whom the paper identified as Dupre.

Spitzer resigned on Wednesday and apologized for his "private failings," but did not refer specifically to the report.

According to Dupre's MySpace page (www.myspace.com/ninavenetta), she left home at 17 and moved to New York, where she is trying to pursue a music career.

Her R&B- and pop-tinged songs "What We Want" and "Move Ya Body" are ranked as the two best-selling songs on the AimeStreet.com music sharing Web site.   Continued...

<p>This photo of Ashley Alexandra Dupre is from a myspace.com web page and dated St. Tropez 2007. The New York Times reported that Dupre is "Kristen," the prostitute described in a federal affidavit as having had a rendezvous with New York Governor Eliot Spitzer on February 13, 2008 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. Spitzer, who came into office in 2007 promising to clean up state politics, announced his resignation Wednesday. REUTERS/myspace.com</p>