March 12th, 2008
08:19 PM ET
12 years ago

Sources: Spitzer used call-girl service 8 times in 8 months

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Report: 'Kristen' is Ashley Youmans - now known as Ashley Alexandra Dupre."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Federal agents have determined New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer used a high-priced call-girl ring at least eight times in recent months, and agents had him under surveillance twice this year, sources familiar with the investigation said Wednesday.

Spitzer announced his resignation Wednesday, two days after reports of his connection to the Emperors Club VIP became public.

He has not been charged with a crime.

He told reporters Wednesday, "I cannot allow my private failings to disrupt the people's work."

The resignation will take effect Monday. Watch Spitzer resign »

The sources said the investigation began when New York's North Fork Bank notified the Treasury Department about suspicious transfers of money from Spitzer's bank accounts. That investigation led agents to the alleged organizers of the prostitution ring, four of whom were charged in a criminal complaint last week, the sources said.

A grand jury in New York is likely to hear evidence in the case soon, said Kathleen Mullin, an attorney who said she represents one of the ring's employees. Mullin would not identify her client, but said she was not the woman identified only as "Kristen" linked to Spitzer in court papers.

She said her client and other women who worked for the Emperors Club have been asked to testify before the grand jury.

Asked if her client had any encounters with Spitzer, Mullin said, "We have no information regarding the governor."

Wiretaps on suspected members of the ring, authorized in January, yielded more than 5,000 telephone calls and text messages and another 6,000-plus e-mails, according to court papers. In those intercepts, the organizers told clients how to arrange and pay for their trysts, a federal agent's affidavit states.

The affidavit identified clients by number, with Spitzer designated "Client 9," a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN this week. Sources familiar with the investigation said federal authorities Wednesday were trying to clamp down on leaks of the investigation's details. See a timeline of the investigation »

The affidavit states "Client 9" paid $4,300 for 2½ hours with a call girl he arranged to meet at Washington's Mayflower Hotel, with some of that a deposit on a future session. Court papers state he also paid for train tickets, cab fare, mini-bar and room service charges for Kristen - a 5-foot-5, 105-pound brunette he arranged to meet the night of February 13.

Kristen is a 22-year-old would-be singer from New Jersey, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

The newspaper said Ashley Youmans - now known as Ashley Alexandra Dupre - was identified in court documents as Kristen.

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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. SheisHOT!!

    Regardless of the scandal...Gentlemen..She is HOT!!

    Have you seen the pictures on Yahoo..Wow!

    March 13, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  2. nyindependent

    As a New Yorker, I'm saddened. As an observer of politics, I'm not surprised. The resigning was the right thing to do. My hope now lies in Patterson.

    March 13, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  3. JH

    UR WIFE CAN RUN BE PREZ TOO like slick willie

    March 13, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  4. Chris in Va.

    It sure makes you wonder who (or is it whom?) in New York Client #1 is??!!??!! 10 to 1 odds he has a Harlem address and goes by the moniker "Slick Willie". Now what New Yorker could possibly be client #2??

    March 13, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  5. Jon W

    Such a shame.

    "I have nothing but contempt for the kind of governor who is afraid, for whatever reason, to follow the course that he knows is best for the State; and as for the man who sets private friendship above the public welfare – I have no use for him either..."

    -Sophocles' "Antigone" –

    March 13, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  6. Jen

    Oh gosh...who cares! Hillary supporters are all corrupted and surprise here.

    March 13, 2008 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  7. William Courtland, Waterford, Ontario

    This is not just prostitution but an act of treason; right?

    March 13, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  8. fefee,ok

    this is a really sad story. i do not understand why men in political offices will put their repetition on the line just for the pleasure of sex. they leave their beautiful and educated wives at home. my regards goes to his wife and children. he should have learned from god father of scandal, (Bill Clinton).

    March 13, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  9. Michael, North Carolina

    Gov. Spitzer did the right thing by stepping down.




    March 13, 2008 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  10. John Rossi

    WHO CARES!!! God! i am american also, and all I have to say is if Americans would stop worring about their officials sex life and worry about the government, maybe I would go back to the US. Take lessons from France. My god... he likes sex. He cant get it normally. I am thankful he at least has the drive for it. Makes me feel safe inside. Wake up America.

    March 13, 2008 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
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