Meet Spitzer's 'Kristen'

22-year-old escort says she's no "monster"
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2008 10:00 PM CDT
The escort in the Eliot Spitzer scandal has been identified as 22-year-old Ashley Alexandra Dupré.   (MySpace)
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(Newser) – At the center of Eliot Spitzer’s fall from grace is 22-year-old Kristen, aka Ashley Alexandra Dupre, a high-priced escort and aspiring R&B singer who left her self-proclaimed "broken family" in New Jersey at age 17 to pursue a musical career in New York. “I just don’t want to be thought of as a monster,” she told the New York Times.

"This has been a very difficult time for me," said Dupre, who faces no charges but will be a witness against her escort agency's leaders. "It is complicated." She provided no further details about her liaison with Spitzer. On her MySpace page, Dupre says she's been "broke and homeless" and is worried about paying her rent. Dupre's mother believes she will weather the storm. “She is a very bright girl who can handle someone like the governor,” she said.