Eliot Spitzer took on
Wall Street like no other attorney general before him. As the
Washington Post reported in 2004, �His targets in the past have included
everyone from big Wall Street investment banks and the $7.5 trillion mutual
fund industry to polluting power plants and supermarket chains that underpaid
Madsen reports [subscription required] that �Defense sources have confirmed
our March 11, 2008, report that Emperors Club VIP, the prostitution firm that
entangled New York�s outgoing Governor Eliot Spitzer in a call girl ring, is
viewed by US intelligence as a front for Israel�s intelligence agency, the
�The sources claim
that Spitzer was �outed� for his aggressiveness in attacking money launderers
connected to Russian-Israeli organized crime syndicates and other Wall Street
In an earlier
report, Madsen mentioned that �There is also speculation that although
Spitzer was implicated in the large international investigation of the
Emperor�s VIP Club�s prostitution business, GOP dirty tricks operative Roger
Stone figures in the case as a collateral agent provocateur. Stone has a
history of badgering Eliot Spitzer and his elderly father, New York real estate
magnate Bernard Spitzer.�
Madsen went on to
say, �There is also intense speculation about the identities of the other
clients of the Emperor�s VIP Club call girls service. A February 5, 2006,
article by Ben Smith in The New York
Observer describes a close relationship between Eliot Spitzer and former
Bill Clinton aide Dick Morris. Spitzer told the newspaper that Dick Morris� dad
was his dad�s lawyer. In 2006, the Democratic National Convention was shocked
to learn that Morris, then Clinton�s top political consultant, paid $200 an
hour to a Virginia prostitute named Sherry Rowlands. The revelations about
Morris came mere hours before Clinton was to deliver his acceptance speech at
that Morris once let her listen in on a phone conversation with Clinton. She
said that Hillary Clinton was upset at the phone call, that she 'was not well,'
and the president asked Morris not to use the White House private residence
phone number in the future.
with Rowlands reportedly involved toe sucking trysts on the part of Morris. The
criminal complaint filed against the Emperor�s Club referred to aberrant sexual
practices, considered 'unsafe,' by Spitzer and a prostitute identified as
Who is Kristen?
The New York Times
reports in Woman at
the Center of Governor�s Downfall, �She left a broken home on the Jersey
Shore at 17 and came to New York City to work the nightclubs as a rhythm and
blues singer. Now, at 22, she is the unwitting, and as yet unseen, star of the
seamy drama that is the downfall of Gov. Eliot Spitzer of New
York . . .
�Kristen, the prostitute described in a federal
affidavit as having had a rendezvous with Mr. Spitzer on Feb. 13 at the
Mayflower Hotel in Washington, has spent the last few days in her ninth-floor
apartment in the Flatiron district of Manhattan. On Monday, she made a brief
appearance in federal court, where a lawyer was appointed to represent her. She
is expected to be a witness in the case against four people charged with
operating a prostitution ring called the Emperor�s Club V.I.P.
�In a series of
telephone interviews on Tuesday night, she said she had slept very little over
the past week, with all the stress of the case.
�'I just don�t want
to be thought of as a monster,' the woman said as she told the tiniest tidbits
of her story.
�Born Ashley Youmans
but now known as Ashley Alexandra Dupr�, she spoke softly and with good humor
as she added with significant understatement: �This has been a very difficult
time. It is complicated.��
�She has not been
charged. The lawyer appointed to represent her, Don D. Buchwald, told a
magistrate judge in court on Monday that she had been subpoenaed to testify in
a grand jury investigation. Asked to swear that she had accurately filled out
and signed a financial affidavit, she responded affirmatively.
�A person with
knowledge of the Emperor�s Club operation confirmed that the woman interviewed
by The New York Times was the woman identified as Kristen in the affidavit. Mr.
Buchwald confirmed various details of Ms. Dupr�s background but would not
discuss the contents of the affidavit.
�Ms. Dupr� said 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. She said she was considering working at a friend�s
restaurant or, once her apartment lease expires, moving back with her family in
New Jersey �to relax.�
She did not say when
she had started working for the Emperor�s Club, or how often she had liaisons
arranged through the ring. Asked when she met Governor Spitzer and how many
times they had seen each other, Ms. Dupr� said she had no comment.
�As of Wednesday
Dupr�s MySpace page recounted her �odyssey to New York from New
Jersey through North Carolina, Miami, D.C., Virginia and Austin, Texas;� public
records show that she lived in Monmouth County, N.J., in 2001, and in North
Carolina in 2003. She owns a company, created in 2005, called Pasche New York,
which her lawyer said was an entertainment business designed to further her
�Music is her first
love, and on the MySpace page, Ms. Dupr� mentions Patsy Cline, Frank Sinatra, Christina Aguilera and
Lauryn Hill among a long
list of influences, including her brother, Kyle. (She also lists Whitney Houston,
Madonna, Mary J. Blige and Amy Winehouse as her top
MySpace friends.) In the interview, she said she saw the Rolling Stones perform at
Radio City Music Hall on
their last tour after a friend gave her two tickets. �They were amazing,� she
�On MySpace, her page
says: �I am all about my music and my music is all about me. It flows from what
I�ve been through, what I�ve seen and how I feel.�
�She left �a broken
family� at age 17, having been abused, according to the MySpace page, and has
used drugs and �been broke and homeless.�
��Learned what it was
like to have everything and lose it, again and again,� she writes. ��Learned
what it was like to wake up one day and have the people you care about most
��But I made it,� she
continues. �I�m still here and I love who I am. If I never went through the
hard times, I would not be able to appreciate the good ones. Clich�, yes, but I
know it�s true.�
�Ms. Dupr�s mother,
Carolyn Capalbo, 46, said that after her daughter finished sophomore year in
high school, Ms. Dupr� moved to North Carolina. �She was a young kid with
typical teenage rebellion issues, but we are extremely close now,� Ms. Capalbo
said in a telephone interview Wednesday.
�In 2006, Ms. Dupr�
changed her legal name, according to records in Monmouth County Superior Court,
from Ashley R. Youmans to Ashley Rae Maika DiPietro, taking her stepfather�s
surname since she regarded him as �the only father I have known.� But in the
interview, she referred to herself as Ashley Alexandra Dupr�, which is how she
is known on MySpace.
�On the Web page is a
recording of what she describes as her latest track, �What We Want,� a
hip-hop-inflected rhythm-and-blues tune that asks, �Can you handle me, boy?�
and uses some dated slang, calling someone her �boo.�
��I know what you
want, you got what I want,� she sings in the chorus. �I know what you need. Can
you handle me?�
biography says she started singing professionally after a musician she was
living with heard her singing the Aretha Franklin hit
�Respect� in the shower and burst into the bathroom with his lead guitarist.
She says she toured and recorded with them, then moved to Manhattan in 2004 and
�spent the first two years getting to know the music scene, networking in clubs
and connecting with the industry.
��Now it�s all about
my music, it�s all about expressing me.�
�In the affidavit,
the woman the Emperor�s Club called Kristen is described as 'an American,
petite, very pretty brunette, 5 feet 5 inches, and 105 pounds.' She apparently
was booked at about $1,000 an hour, placing her in the middle of the
seven-diamond scale by which the prostitutes were paid up to $4,300 an hour.
�Ms. Capalbo said
that she was �shell-shocked� when her daughter called in the middle of 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 that Ms. Dupr� realized who Mr. Spitzer was
when he was her client.
��She is a very
bright girl who can handle someone like the governor,� Ms. Capalbo said. �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.��
We get the sense that
what was at issue was more than a power politician�s fling with a young
prostitute, but potentially explosive issues for heavy Wall Street players, the
economy, the full story of 9/11, the administration, and Republican dirty
tricksters. Perhaps this explains the frozen look on Spitzer�s face, seemingly
scuttled in the line of duty, not just personal pleasure.
Jerry Mazza is a freelance writer living in New York.
Reach him at email@example.com.