The Young Woman behind Spitzer's Downfall

March 13, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
She was known as "Kristen." An escort who allegedly had sex for a high price with the governor of New YorkHer real name, according to the New York Times, is Ashley Alexandra Dupre; a 22 year old from New Jersey, whose MySpace page says she's an aspiring singer.

She moved to New York City at 17, and writes that she's had a tough time, "I have been alone, I have abused drugs. I have been broke and homeless."

Dupre was allegedly paid more than $4,000 dollars for a two hour tryst with Elliot Spitzer in Washington DC last month. "You're buying privacy, you're buying that girl who will forget you and who you are the moment you leave the room," said Emperor's Club Attorney Kathleen Mullin.

Wednesday, Governor Spitzer left office. Upon resigning, he said he would look back at his time with a sense of "what might have been." "I am deeply sorry I did not live up to what was expected of me," said Spitzer.

Governor David Paterson will be sworn in on Monday. He's New York State's first black governor and the country's first legally blind governor. Known a peacemaker, Paterson says, it's time for Albany to get back to work.

Authorities say Spitzer had hired prostitutes before, reportedly spending as much as $80-thousand dollars in total. Spitzer's resignation was not tied to a plea deal and he could still face criminal charges and may his lose law license.