Penthouse wants Ashley Alexandra Dupre for cover shot
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Updated Thursday, March 13th 2008
The woman at the center of the Eliot Spitzer call girl scandal will have no problem cashing in on her notoriety: Penthouse and Hustler are already knocking on her door.
"We’ve been looking at that very closely. She’s young. She’s pretty. She’s a model," said Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt. "We would love to do business with her, and we will approach her."
Penthouse has been trying to reach out to 22-year-old Ashley Alexandra Dupre, too, but had yet to make contact Thursday afternoon.
Penthouse Magazine Group president and publisher Diane Silberstein said she would "love to have her in the magazine" and would consider offering her a cover shot.
"She sounds like a very interesting and talented young woman, and I’m sure she has a great story to tell," Silberstein said. "We promise to make it worth her while."
The New Jersey-born Dupre was thrust into the limelight this week when The New York Times identified her as the high-priced call girl whose arrangements for a rendezvous with New York’s governor at a Washington, D.C., hotel were secretly monitored by the FBI.
So far, authorities haven’t filed charges against Spitzer or Dupre, who was identified in court papers only by her escort agency pseudonym, Kristen, but she has a lawyer and hasn’t been speaking about her encounter with the governor while the case is under investigation.
Flynt, who last June took out a full-page advertisement in The Washington Post offering $1 million for anyone who could prove he or she had illicit sexual relations with a prominent politician, suggested that by the time Dupre starts talking she may be too big a media phenomenon for a simple magazine spread.
"She is no doubt going to do a book. There will probably be a movie," he said. "I think she is going to have so many offers coming in that it will probably be wishful thinking just to get in the door."