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

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

Report: 'Kristen' is Ashley Youmans -- now known as Ashley Alexandra Dupre.

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. Dan, Michigan

    Sounds like a normal use of hard earned tax-payer dollars to me. Problem is, we metaphorically dug only five feet to find this conspiracy. Just imagine how many more folks we would find if we dug a little deeper – yuk!

    March 12, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  2. Bob

    What is it with this country and sex? Can't a man hire a woman for for-hire love anymore?

    March 12, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  3. dan

    Spitzer's wife is hotter than this 'kristen'...

    March 12, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  4. bond

    The Spitzer-Blitzer joke was pretty funny on Letterman

    March 12, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  5. Charlotte

    Who are the clients? They should be put on display and subject to public ridicule. I know in our town they started going after the Johns and printing their names in the paper. Made for interesting reading to say the least.

    March 12, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  6. Patrick

    Who cares? It's over and done with. Why is the media harping on this? The POS is resigning, so please get back to covering the important stuff like I don't know...the war in Iraq? the Presidential election?

    I care about a lot of things, but who Eliot Spitzer paid to have sex with is not one of them.

    March 12, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  7. Jay in Kansas

    you found her myspace page?! this is not news reporting.

    Yes he should step down and he was wrong. Next story

    March 12, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  8. JJ

    15 min of fame a life time of shame. Meantime the country is going down the toilet, Could CNN do a report on OIL going to 110 dollars a barrel God help us!

    March 12, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  9. ariel

    Clinton/Spitzer 08 For A Mighty Fine Time!!

    March 12, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  10. Saad

    From all the pressures of his job as a NY Governor to his conscious yelling back at him each time he spoke of moral duties, where did he find the time to call the call-girls eight times in eight months……

    Go Viagra! I hate Pfizer and all these companies who are directly responsible for turning the ok looking individuals to evil doers.

    March 12, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  11. kelly WI

    ugh. Well, I guess it wasn't her face he was looking at.

    March 12, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  12. Mad in Texas

    What a pocket book. Why pay for something that is free? Dummy!

    March 12, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  13. Kevin in DC

    The general public, mostly men at least, continue to view prostitution as a victimless crime...simply as "no big deal" and "boys will be boys."

    These ignoramuses need to be made aware–there is a well-documented connection between prostitution and global sex trafficking (i.e. modern day slavery).

    The U.S. government has articulated the connection on the State Department's Web site.

    Ms. Stanley and her colleague, Mr. Bob Herbert (op/ed NYT), have written extensively on this issue. Read their articles.

    Inform yourselves.

    Fight this underground slave trade that has been glamorized by the entertainment industry and the media.

    March 12, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  14. Are You Kidding

    Spitzer should be ashamed. This girl is not that much older than his own kids. It's sad.

    March 12, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  15. horace from The Golden State

    fame, fortune, egotism, fantasy, mystery, a rush, midlife crisis, gambling, an allmighty syndrome, and the all-to-familiar testosterone. this is what it's all about. Go to the movies sometime and you'll see it often. Watch late nite TV or HBO. The movies are fiction but the stories are true.

    March 12, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  16. Richard from Detroit and Dearborn

    You got to be kinding me man!!!!!Are you sure you didn,t get him mixed up with that Patterson guy, you know about being legally blind, I mean , just look at her .I seen the rest of her on Fox.. " YUK".He has a beautiful hot wife, what happen did he fall down and smacked his head on the sidewalk.Rich folks do crazy things.

    March 12, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    If Gov Spitzer used any taxpayer money or time for his trysts he owes NYS taxpayers more than an apology, we want a refund. Altough he has personal wealth his money from his salary needs to be accounted for.

    March 12, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  18. Elaine MA

    Wife should leave him and take the children, the houses, the boat and all the money, MORE IMPORTANT"'Gerry Farraro..has the gut's to tell the truth!!!!!why is BO ashame of his middle name?????racism is alive in our country...ask michelle obama???

    March 12, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  19. Laffy Taffy, SomeWhereNDaWorld

    At the rates that these girls get paid, he could have called me and used cash instead of wire transfers to keep tracking under the radar. I can't imagine who would spill the beans. I would work weekends only and work full-time on a job to have benefits and retirement. Now that is playing it smart.

    March 12, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  20. Gerry

    After seeing Ashley's picture, the least CNN could do is publish her phone number. She's one hot babe; I can understand Spitzer's smittance.

    On a more serious note, for what it's worth, I think the guy was set up. A crusader like he was makes a lot of very resourcefull, connected, and nasty enemies. He fought and defeated a lot of very powerfull forces that came back and bit him.

    I hope the press keep digging and really uncover the entire story. This one has legs and could go on for quite some time.

    I also hope when the whole truth is uncovered, the news guy/gal that uncovers it has the nerve to publish the facts, because it will be a lot more shocking than what we've seen so far.

    March 12, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  21. TheLeftNut

    Well, who are the other clients.


    Spitzer = Ztupid

    Ferraro = Spitzer

    March 12, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  22. Dave, Atlanta, GA

    $4300 for sex? Wow. It must really be hard being a politician.

    March 12, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  23. David in KC

    Who Cares?

    March 12, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  24. Ron

    Big deal..New York has a Governor that paid $80,000 for sex, Detroit has a Mayor that paid $8 million of tax payers money to coverup an affair!! He has told everyone he isn't going anywhere, and the media needs to quit picking on that is ARROGANCE!!

    March 12, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  25. Timmy

    Thank god it was with a woman!!!

    March 12, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
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