Ashley Dupre

Ashley Dupre

What was the accusation?

In March 2008, high-end call girl Ashley Alexandra Dupre was informed by the FBI that it was investigating one of her clients. The client, she soon learned, was none other than New York Governor Eliot Spitzer (or “Client No. 9″), who had solicited Dupre’s services via Emperors Club VIP in February of that year. The sex scandal climaxed on March 12, 2008, the day Spitzer announced his resignation from office, rocking Dupre’s world and throwing her into the public spotlight. In November 2008, Dupre sat with People magazine for her first interview since news of the scandal broke. During the interview, Dupre conveyed the distress she felt watching Carolyn Spitzer at her husband’s side during his ill-fated press conference in March. When asked what message she would share with Carolyn Spitzer, if she could, Dupre responded, “I’m sorry for your pain.” Dupre also sat down with Diane Sawyer of ABC News later that year on November 21, 2008 and explained that she was “lost” without the presence of her father and needed an “emotional connection.”

Key Apologia Strategies:

Mortification, Shifting Blame





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