Ashley Dupré, Your 15 Seconds Are Up
Fortunately for all of us, I think her 15 seconds of fame are almost up. I'm counting down the seconds.
The Huffington Post rounds up buzz from the NY Post, Steve Lewis, Newsday, Gawker, NY Daily News, and NY Mag:
— it's amazing what 24 hours of solid digging will do, especially when
you're the media and your target is a not-camera-shy aspiring singer
with a MySpace page, online music profile and evidently, co-operative classmates with yearbooks and old videotapes. It started Wednesday night with the New York Times' revelation that Eliot Spitzer's call girl was one Ashley Alexandra Dupré, née Ashley Youmans.
The article touched off a frenzy of interest by the media on and
offline, and details about Dupré continued to pop up all day, from her MySpace motto to some musical collaborators
— and in the report below "The Insider" takes it one step further,
collecting all the Kristen/Ashley information plus video of her singing
in a club, a still of a naked promo shot she took with her band, a shot
of her walking to a car — plus what Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer think of it all.
America, when two adults have consensual sex, and the circumstances are
just right, they give birth to a vibrant media subeconomy, and this is
the continuing miracle of the story of disgraced Gov. Eliot Spitzer
and admired prostitute Ashley Kristen Alexandra Nina Vanetta DiPietro
Dupre. There is money, attention and even political opportunity
swirling around Dupre, so of course Mayor Michael Bloomberg is on the
scene, along with Laura Schlessinger. Here is a roundup of all the new
and exciting things about "that whore chick"...
Ashley Alexandra Dupré, who provided companionship by the hour to now-former New York governer Eliot Spitzer, has a fledgling recording career that could take off, now that everyone knows who she is. We've posted two of her songs, "What We Want" and "Move Ya Body," determining that neither is particularly suited to human consumption.
Some might see this as a natural progression. If a crew of strippers can qualify as a musical act, why not a New York callgirl? Besides, she certainly wouldn't be the first to release an album on the strength of a sex scandal.
you may have heard, Eliot Spitzer's lady friend likes to sing both
inside and outside the bedroom. Posted on "Kristen" Ashley Alexandra
Dupré's Myspace page is a track by the name "What We Want". According to the Times the song is, "an amateurish, hip-hop inflected rhythm and blues tune that asks, 'Can
you handle me, boy?' and used some dated slang, calling someone her 'boo.'"
Well, like all good scandals, Kristen's song has become an Internet
meme, with a handful of mash-ups like the one at right mixing Snoop's
"Sensual Seduction" with Kristen's track. There's also this acapella/freestyle version and a remix of the Spitz's press conference.[/q]
CNN chronicles Dupré's MySpace page and social networking activities:
In three days, Ashley Alexandra Dupre went from being an unknown 22-year-old aspiring musician to the fifth most-searched subject on Google because of her alleged sexual encounters with New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer.
In her MySpace profile, Dupre said she moved to Manhattan to pursue her music career. After she was identified by The New York Times, throngs of journalists staked out her home.
At the same time, she appeared to have jumped on her MySpace page, which was identified by the Times, and a Facebook profile with the same name and photos.
It seemed she was trying to stay one step ahead of journalists, attempting to limit what information they could access.
She was seemingly aware that the press would have access to her friends and every word, photo and comment on her profiles, so she began by deleting connections between her friends on Facebook.
Facebook and MySpace have become one of the go-to background tools for journalists in the past couple of years, allowing members of the press to put a face to the subject of their story and find out more about them. Video Watch what friends and family say about Dupre »
As more people make profiles on these Web sites, the information they make available is more frequently becoming public fodder.
Pictures from her apparent MySpace and Facebook profile were splashed across media Web sites -- and Dupre appeared to take notice. Time stamps and activity on what appears to be her Facebook profile shows she was staying up all night cleaning up her profile and responding to critics on the Internet.
The call girl linked to the downfall of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has left her Manhattan apartment — and may not be coming back.
A spokesman for the building where Ashley Dupre (du-PRAY') has been living declined to divulge Friday what, if anything, he knows about her whereabouts.
On Thursday night, Richard Shea issued a statement indicating Dupre's fellow tenants were fed up with the media circus and curiosity-seekers. The apartment building charges around $3,400 monthly for a studio and $6,595 for a two-bedroom.
The statement said Ashley Dupre approved alerting the media that she is not currently in the building, and that management doesn't anticipate her return in the near future.