Ashley Dupre became a household name after the exposure of her alleged sex-service relationship with New York's former governor, Eliot Spitzer. But while his life and career appear to be in ruins in the wake of the randy revelations, Dupre's bank balance may soon be booming.
One source of cash could be the $10 million lawsuit she has filed against the founder of "Girls Gone Wild" in federal court in Miami Monday, according to The Associated Press.
Dupre claims that Joe Francis is exploiting her name and image from video footage, saying she was only 17 when the videos were taken in 2003 in Miami Beach and not old enough to sign a contract.
"We were very surprised and in fact amazed today that Ms. Dupré filed a lawsuit against Girls Gone Wild. We have not publicly released any new video of Ms. Dupré, due to corporate policy of not using footage of individuals younger than 18," Francis said in a statement issued Monday.
"It is incomprehensible that Ms. Dupré could claim she did not give her consent to be filmed by Girls Gone Wild, when in fact we have videotape of her giving consent, while showing her identification. We did in fact offer Ashley via her New York attorney $1 Million to host and promote various Girls Gone Wild activities – She refused this offer and in fact if she’d like to reconsider, we’d be happy to discuss."
The news comes on the heels of reports that the New Jersey-born call girl has been offered big bucks from numerous men's magazines to get down and dirty, including a $1 million paycheck from Francis to take the cover of his first-ever "Girls Gone Wild" magazine this month. (Francis rescinded the offer once he realized he already had several films in which Dupre appeared.)
The now 22-year-old only got a T-shirt for flashing her flesh in those videos from 2003. So thanks to "Client #9," Ashley's earning power has come a long way. And now, Francis' good friend Dennis Hof, owner of the big-wig BunnyRanch brothel in Nevada, wants to be hooked up with the sex scandal star, too.
"I've offered Ashley a quarter of million salary to come and work for me here," Hof told Pop Tarts, adding that he was hoping to negotiate the deal with Dupre in the next few weeks. "I've also offered a free lifetime pass for Mr. Spitzer; we're still waiting for a response.
"We call him the 'No Glove Love Gov,' but we've given out passes to people who are a lot more important and high-profile than he is," the hooker-house owner added.
So if Ashley does decide to bounce on board the BunnyRanch, Hof claims that he will turn her image from "dirty" to dazzling — but he had some harsh words for her, too.
"My girls are rock stars; they have class. Right now, Ashley is just a dirty girl who knew that what she was doing in New York and D.C. was illegal," he said.
"If she wanted to be in the sex trade, she could have come to Nevada where it's legal. So she deserves whatever she gets — but what she doesn’t deserve is fame. She and Eliot should both be in jail where they can write dirty letters to each other."
Dupre’s 15 minutes of fame aren't up quite yet. Gentleman’s Club Headquarters New York (known as HQ) is holding a contest this Thursday in search of the sexiest Dupre duplicate.
“Ms. Dupre has become an instant sex symbol, and men would happily pay to see her dance,” said Steve Hahn, General Manager of HQ. “We’re giving them the next best thing by combing the city for a girl who looks just like her.”
Dupre was identified in March as a prostitute named "Kristen" who had been involved with Spitzer, who has since resigned.
The reigning “almost Ashley Dupre” will be judged by "The Sopranos" star Dan Grimaldi, Big Apple icon "The Naked Cowboy" and a very special surprise guest (could it be Client #9?).
While the winner won't exactly get to tryst with a high-profile politician of her own, she will earn $500 and a two-week dancing contract at HQ.
Meanwhile, aspiring singer Dupre has enlisted top music manager Jerry Blair, who once oversaw Mariah Carey's comeback, The New York Daily News reports.
"Ashley has a delicate situation," an insider told the News. "She can't do anything that generates income until she works out a deal" over potential charges.
Two sources close to the situation confirmed for the News that Blair had been representing Dupre to labels, but once source said "Every label passed" while another countered "There has been quite a bit of interest."
Matt and Lucy Damon Want to Give Away Their Dirty Diaper Bag
We're assuming it will be washed, but they're not the only ones handing over their newborn necessities.
Pop Tarts has confirmed that Julianne Moore is giving away her high chair, Elisabeth Hasselbeck has had enough of her stroller/seat combo, Mariska Hargitay is donating her baby son's sneakers and track-suit, Elisabeth Rohm wants you to have her booster seat, Jeri Ryan is giving away her baby's goodies and even Tori Spelling isn't waiting to give birth again before she hands over something special, too.
Starting Tuesday evening (in time for Mother's Day) and ending May 9, these seven star-studded parents have teamed up with Johnson's to auction off their personal baby products, with all proceeds going to benefit new charity initiative babycause.com, powered by GlobalGiving.
Speaking for the first time since giving birth to baby girl Easton August Anthony April 10, "Law & Order" starlet Rohm told Tarts that she's "thrilled" to be giving away her li'l girl's goodies.
"This will be my first Mother's Day as a new mom, so the cause is near and dear to my heart," she said. "It means so much to me to participate in the program; I'm so thrilled to contribute."
The new mommies are all over the age of 30, debunking the myth that in Hollywood you're only "worth" something when you're super-young. According to an auction insider, these "hand-me-downs" are expected to make big bucks when the bidding war begins.
Christina Ricci to Hollywood: Pull the Pole Out of Your...
Opinionated starlet Christina Ricci has had enough with the Tinseltown talk about stripping and pole-dancing, and has lashed out at the "stupid" actresses whose greatest "passion" is to play an, er, erotic dancer.
“It used to be something that we were sort of ashamed of. You didn’t want to admit to people that you were a stripper," Ricci told Blackbook magazine. "But now, the hottest thing to say is, ‘I can work a pole!’ Who gives a f—-? But it’s a huge, weird thing. You see actresses, and their passion project is to play a stripper. It’s just stupid.”
Zach Braff Will 'Scrub' the Sky
It seems as though actor Zach Braff has come a long way since starring on the hit sitcom "Scrubs."
Pop Tarts spies caught the actor wooing a hot blonde at Hollywood's hottest Brazilian restaurant Bossa Nova last week. Braff was overheard telling his date about his plans to, oh, buy a helicopter.
"If you've got the money, you may as well buy one," the star was overheard saying. Our inside source added that he sounded and acted particularly "pompous and arrogant." Ouch.
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