Ashley Dupre: An Escort Is ‘A Lot More’ Than A Prostitute

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Ashley Alexandra Dupre, the escort who brought down former New York Governor Elliot Spitzer, sat down with Diane Sawyer on 20/20 for her first interview. Ashley, whose voice was surprisingly child-like and who teared up during much of the interview, expressed sympathy for Spitzer’s shamed wife Silda and revealed that she found out about the scandal probably the way you did.

Ashley had left the escort business months before and returned only for four weeks when she got assigned to “Client Number 9″ aka shamed Lov Gov Elliot Spitzer. Although she reportedly recognized him at their last of several trysts, Ashley tells Diane she only found out he was the Governor of New York when she flipped on the TV and saw the all-too-familiar face. “He looked familiar,” she says, but didn’t recognize him at their meeting because, “I was 22-years-old, I wasn’t reading the papers,” she explains.

The first person Ashley called was her mom, who reportedly was supportive. Her stepfather, on the other hand, who had raised her since she was seven was “disgusted.” “Now it’s getting better and we’re working on our relationship,” Ashley says.

Although Ashley and Elliot had sexual intercourse several times, and she has never met his wife, Ashley says, “I felt connected to her, I didn’t feel connected to him.” After being labeled everything from “Spitzer’s Hooker” to a “High End Prostitute,” still Ashley refused to use the word prostitution during the interview and referred to herself as an “escort,” insisting, “I think prostitution in only about sex. An escort is time spent, it’s a lot more than that.” [Photo:MySpace]

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