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Spitzer's 'call girl': I'm no monster

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  • New York Times: Court documents identify the woman as Ashley Alexandra Dupre
  • Dupre: "I just don't want to be thought of as a monster... It is complicated."
  • Dupre writes on her MySpace page that she abused drugs and has been homeless
  • Spitzer resigned Wednesday over alleged connection to high-class prostitute ring
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NEW YORK (CNN) -- The woman alleged to have been hired by New York governor Eliot Spitzer reportedly revealed Thursday she had gone without sleep since the scandal broke earlier this week and said she did not want to be thought of as a monster.


Ashley Alexandra Dupre writes on her MySpace page: "I have been broke and homeless."

Ashley Alexandra Dupre, reportedly identified in court documents as a call girl known as "Kristen," appeared in court on Monday as a witness against four people accused of operating a high-class prostitution ring allegedly used by the disgraced Democrat.

Spitzer, an ally of Hillary Clinton and a rising star within the Democratic Party who made his name as a corporate crime-busting district attorney, announced his resignation Wednesday after reports of his connection to the Emperors Club VIP prostitute ring emerged.

Neither Dupre or Spitzer are accused of any crime.

Dupre, born Ashley Youmans, from New Jersey, told the New York Times: "I just don't want to be thought of as a monster. This has been a very difficult time. It is complicated."

Writing on her MySpace page, the 22-year-old said she had been "broke and homeless" and had abused drugs since leaving home aged 17 to pursue a singing career in New York.

"It was my decision, and I've never looked back," she writes. "Left my hometown. Left a broken family. Left abuse... Left and learned what it was like to have everything, and lose it, again and again.Video Watch a report on Dupre »

"Learned what it was like to wake up one day and have the people you care about most gone. I have been alone. 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."

Identified as "Client 9" in court documents, Spitzer is alleged to have met Dupre at the Mayflower hotel in Washington last month. Video Watch Spitzer's resignation »

"Great, OK, wonderful," he told the escort service's agent after making the booking for a "petite, very pretty brunette, 5 feet 5 inches, and 105 pounds," according to a federal affidavit.

Federal agents have determined Spitzer used the prostitute ring eight times in recent months and had him under surveillance twice this year, sources familiar with the investigation said Wednesday.

On her MySpace page, Dupre lists Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion and Aerosmith, as well as her brother, among her influences.

It also includes a picture of Dupre with the slogan "What destroys me, strengthens me" and features a song titled "What We Want."

She also offers some advice for those experiencing hard times.

"I made it. I'm still here and I love who I am. If I never went through the hard times, I would not be able to appreciate the good ones," Dupre writes.

"Cliche, yes, but I know it's true. I have experienced just how hard it can be. I can honestly tell you to never dwell on the past, but build from it and keep moving forward."

Access to Dupre's MySpace page had been blocked by Thursday afternoon.

Her brother, Kyle Youmans, told CNN he would not comment on the case or how his sister earned money, but said she was "the best sister you could have."

"I'm sticking by my sister, doing everything so she'll be fine," Youmans said. "She'll make it through."


The family is "holding together" since the Spitzer scandal became public, he added.

Dupre's mother, Carolyn Capalbo, told the Times that she and her daughter were close, adding that "she obviously got involved in something much larger than her." E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

CNN's Allan Chernoff contributed to this report.

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