NEW YORK - The prostitute at the center of the scandal that brought downformer New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer says she feels especially badfor his wife.
Ashley Alexandra Dupre tells People magazine that the FBIinformed her early in March, 2008 that it was investigating one ofher clients. She learned a few days later on March 12th, shelearned which client it was, when she saw Governor Spitzerannouncing his resignation on TV.
Dupre says she has undergone "intense" psychotherapy since theevents that generated a national scandal. Dupre said she wasstricken by the pained expression on the face of Silda Spitzer, asshe stood by her husband at the news conference. "I try not torevisit that place too often, but when I think about his speech, Ithink of her face, her eyes, the hurt," she said. Her messageto Silda Wall Spitzer: "I am sorry for your pain."
Spitzer was known as "Client number 9" by the Emperors Club VIPwhere Dupre worked as an escort under the name "Kristen." Shesaid she practiced safe sex with all her clients, includingSpitzer. On her attorney's advice, she declined to elaborate ontheir liaison, or say whether Spitzer visited her more than once.She did say that he dressed casually and she did not see hissecurity detail.
Dupre said she quit the escort business temporarily in April2007 after falling in love with a wealthy married man. "It startedto be scary. ... What if I got AIDS? Got killed?" After they brokeup, she went to work at the Emperor's Club. It was during thatperiod that she met Spitzer.
Four people have pleaded guilty to running the prostitutionoperation. Last week, federal prosecutors said they wouldn't bringcriminal charges against Spitzer.
Dupre, 23, envisions a future for herself in the worlds ofmusic, fashion and "writing books" -- but notprostitution. "Never again."
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