By Jake Coyle
The prostitute’s fame is fueling her fledgling music career.
NEW YORK — The collateral consequence of scandal often is newfound celebrity, and for the 22-year-old call girl involved in the Eliot Spitzer scandal, prospects are rising.
The prostitute identified in court papers as Kristen is an aspiring musician named Ashley Alexandra Dupre. Her identity was only first reported Wednesday, but already her fame is skyrocketing.
Curious about the woman so integral in the New York governor’s downfall, many have flocked to MySpace to view her photos, music and biographical information. That material was removed Thursday after over more than 5 million visited her page.
Dupre’s page had portrayed her as a New Jersey native who left a broken home to pursue a music career in New York. Court papers allege that Spitzer paid thousands of dollars for her services with the Emperor’s Club VIP.
“I have been alone,” she wrote. “I have abused drugs. I have been broke and homeless. But, I survived, on my own. I am here, in NY because of my music.”
Dupre had also posted two songs at the music sharing site Aime Street, which allows musicians to earn a 70 percent cut of download fees, which are determined by their popularity. The songs, “What We Want” and “Move ya Body” are dance-pop tunes a la Britney Spears.
On “What We Want,” she sings: “I know what you need/ Can you handle me?”
As of Thursday evening, the songs had been listened to by some 200,000. Downloads were selling for 98 cents each, though “What We Want” had previously been selling for less than 20 cents. That song was also making it onto the nation’s radio airwaves.
“After the first play, a lot of the reaction was negative,” said Sharon Dastur, program director of New York’s Z100 (WHTZ-FM). “But after the second play, it became, ‘Play that song again,’ and ‘Hey, that song’s not bad.”
Dupre also made an appearance in a video by the rapper Mysterious, director Jonathan Ehlers told Los Angeles TV station KCAL on Tuesday. In the video, Dupre is cast as the girlfriend of Mysterious, at one point making a vulgar hand gesture while lip-synching lyrics that include an expletive.
“She was very professional,” Ehlers said. “Again, she was really warm. She had a great vibe and she was really fun to be around.”
He said they haven’t talked in a year. When he heard the news, Ehlers said, “I was shocked. All I could think was, I wondered where she was and I hoped she was all right.”
Major labels would be unlikely to sign Dupre, but in the past smaller labels have taken a stab at capitalizing on such notoriety. Koch Entertainment profited by releasing an album in 2004 by William Hung, the “American Idol” castoff who horrendously sang “She Bangs.”
Susan Ferris, general manager of Los Angeles-based indie label Long Live Crime Records, thinks Dupre is unlikely to win a recording contract.
“Would it get her foot in the door here? There would probably be a morbid curiosity,” Ferris said, noting that Nicole Narain, the Playboy model who Colin Farrell sued in 2005 over a sex tape, submitted music to the label that she sampled but deemed “god-awful.”
Dupre has not responded to requests for an interview by The Associated Press, and her lawyer, Don D. Buchwald, has declined to comment.