Opinion: After bedding ‘No. 9’ (Eliot Spitzer), Ashley Dupre tells (not nearly) all


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Ashley Alexandra Dupre grabbed her 15 minutes-plus of fame when the media identified her last spring as New York Democratic Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s high-priced call girl.

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Now it’s time for Round Two: Dupre’s interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer is set to air Friday night (10 Pacific Time) on ‘20/20.’


From the account posted on ABC’s website, it doesn’t appear the 23-year-old will reveal any shocking new details about her intimate moments with Spitzer, who resigned in March at a painful public apology. (See new video by clicking on ‘Read more’ line below.)

Dupre tells Sawyer she didn’t initially recognize the man listed in court papers as ‘Client No. 9.’

Dupre, who reportedly turned down a $1 million offer to pose nude for Hustler magazine, recounted how afterwards she focused on Spitzer’s wife, Silda, as she watched the governor’s televised resignation speech.

‘I felt connected to her,’ Dupre said. ‘I didn’t feel connected to him. Her pain. And I just saw the pain in her eyes.’

Dupre portrays herself as a regular girl who went to the big city to pursue her dream of becoming a singer, then fell into financial straits when a boyfriend left her.

Spitzer paid big money to the Emperors Club VIP escort service for his assignations with Dupre. He reportedly laid out $4,300 for one Feb. 13 meeting at a Washington hotel.

The New York Post is among the media outlets that have turned photographs of Dupre -- particularly bikini-clad, at the beach -- into a cottage industry.


Despite rumors of reality shows and other big-money payoffs, Dupre tells ABC she is earnestly pursuing her music career. ‘I’m still living for it,’ says the young woman who brought down a governor. ‘I’m not gonna give up my dream.’

To see news video on the interview, click on the ‘Read more’ line below.

--Jim Rainey

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