SPITZ HOOKER'S DC DISCOVERY
By MURRAY WEISS and LUKAS I. ALPERT
March 14, 2008 --
The high-priced hooker at the center of Gov. Spitzer's sex scandal trysted with him several times before he was caught on a wiretap - but it was only during their last encounter that she realized the real identity of her john, sources said yesterday.
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"Oh, my God! Do you know who this guy is?" a shocked Ashley Alexandra Dupre asked her bosses at the Emperors Club VIP escort service, a source said.
The comment came after her $4,300 meeting with Spitzer at a Washington hotel on Feb. 13.
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The 22-year-old call girl had several dates with the governor over the past year, the sources said, but always knew him as "George Fox" - the name of one of Spitzer's close friends that he used to hide his identity.
But just before Dupre - whom Spitzer knew as "Kristen" - had her startling revelation, federal authorities caught the governor on tape giving them enough evidence to take down the sex ring, paving the way for his embarrassing resignation.
Meanwhile, as the Democratic governor prepared to slink out of office on Monday with his tail between his legs, sordid details of Dupre's decline into prostitution emerged.
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Sources say Dupre got involved with the Emperors Club as early as 2006 after responding to an ad from the agency seeking girls to "party" with deep-pocketed men.
After meeting with her, the escort service's operators liked what they saw. She took to the job quickly.
"Like all of them, she wanted to hang out with guys with money," a source said.
After moving to New York to pursue a music career in 2004, Dupre worked as a cocktail waitress, hostess and bartender at New York hot spots like Viscaya, Pink Elephant and Retox. She partied with club promoters and bragged about hobnobbing with hip-hoppers like Sean "Diddy" Combs.
"She's been hanging around the night-life scene for a few years," said one well-connected club source. "She's definitely a party girl. She was out four, five nights a week and was a staple. She danced on tables and had fun."
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Few knew she was financing her high-octane lifestyle through the oldest profession on earth.
"Nobody knew she was a prostitute," the club source said. "Everyone assumes it goes on, but you never know which girls are involved. Now it makes sense where her Cartier watch, her Louis Vuitton bathing suit and her trips to St.-Tropez came from."
Dupre continued her pursuit of a music career and in early 2007 had a photographer friend shoot glamour photos of her to use in her portfolio.
Shot in a Manhattan studio, the pictures show a smoky-eyed Dupre, sporting tattoos in both Latin and Arabic. Some of them read: "What does not destroy me makes me stronger," "Protect your own," and "Never give up."
On her MySpace page - where she admitted, "Yeah, I did it," after word of her involvement with Spitzer emerged - Dupre described struggling with drugs. Sources said the tattoos were mantras to help keep her clean.
Born Ashley Youmans, Dupre grew up in Seaside Heights and Wall Township by the Jersey Shore. She also mentioned being abused while growing up, saying it forced her to run away - a claim one family friend called ridiculous.
"She crashed up [her stepdad's] Porsche and wanted another one, and he wouldn't give it to her, so she left," said the friend, who asked her name not be printed.
Additional reporting by Corynne Steindler, Erin Calabrese, Bill Hoffmann, Austin Fenner and Carolyn Salazar