Spitzer’s prostitute a ‘Girl Gone Wild’

Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

Fresh out of prison, the irrepressible Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis is already capitalizing on scandal, culling his archives for footage of call girl-turned-MySpace star Ashley Alexander Dupre and promising to release his findings on girlsgonewild.com "shortly."

It turns out that Dupre, identified last week as the prostitute who was hired to visit former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer at a Washington D.C. hotel in February, appeared in a 2003 "Girls Gone Wild" Spring Break production during an especially raucous weekend in Miami celebrating her 18th birthday, Francis said in a news release Tuesday.

"After fighting with a friend and getting thrown out of her hotel, Ms. Dupré sought out a nearby Girls Gone Wild bus, signed her paperwork and immediately began filming," the news release stated. "Ms. Dupré spent a full week on the GGW bus and shot seven full length tapes that included nudity and same sex contact. Dupré later took a Greyhound Bus home."

The discovery was a surprise to Francis. Just this morning, (3/18), he'd offered Dupre $1 million to host his 2008 Girls Gone Wild Spring Break Tour and pose for his new GGW magazine. But he wisely withdrew that costly offer when someone he won't say who tipped him off to the fact that he already had sexy footage of Dupre.

In the news release, Francis likened Dupre to "a cloud that keeps circling back over the landscape."

The irony of this statement was apparently lost on the GGW founder and CEO.

Francis, who served 11 months in a Nevada prison for two counts of tax evasion, was released a week ago from Nevada custody so he could face charges in Florida related to filming 17-year-old girls in a shower. A day later, he pleaded no contest in Florida to child abuse and prostitution charges and the judge released him on time served and fines. Then, he jumped on a plane and flew to L.A. to hold a press conference at the Beverly Hilton Hotel to herald his return to public life.

Francis still faces charges in L.A. of misdemeanor sexual battery for allegedly touching a woman inappropriately at a party.

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