New York Governor Eliot Spitzer speaks to the media with his wife Silda while delivering an apology to his family and the public following reported links to a prostitution ring March 10, 2008 in New York City. (Getty Images)more pics »When the Eliot Spitzer scandal broke in March, 2008, the world learned two things about New York's former governor. One: He has expensive taste. Two: When he gets upset, he tries to suck his entire face into his mouth. Seriously, how freaky does that look?
Ashley Alexandra Dupre on the cover of the New York Post.
Anyway that's the face of a man who is admitting, while standing next to his wife, to spending at least $15,000 over six months on some very pricey hookers. On that same day, the New York Times reported that Spitzer may have spent up to $80,000 on services provided by Emperor's Club VIP, an escort service run by New York Madam Kristin Davis. Spitzer, whose chances for reelection were not looking good anyway, immediately apologized for his behavior and resigned.
Meanwhile, his favorite prostitute became a minor celebrity. Ashley Alexandra Dupre (birth name Ashley Youmans), a call girl in Davis' employ and an aspiring pop star, released her second song on amiestreet.com around 2 a.m. March 13. She also posed for a photo spread published by the New York Post, and was offered the opportunity to pose for skin mags like Hustler and Penthouse.
According to FBI wiretap records, and Madam Kristin Davis, Spitzer had a reputation for being a difficult customer, but Ashley seemed to know how to handle the governor.
"I don't think he's difficult," she said in a wiretapped conversation with an Emperor's Club booker. "I mean it's just kind of like, whatever, I'm here for a purpose. I know what my purpose is. I am not a … moron, you know what I mean."
Spitzer reportedly entered couples therapy with his wife, who stayed with him through the whole thing. He has also shown signs of making an effort to rehabilitate his image, and possibly reenter politics at some point.
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