Spitzer hooker Ashley Dupre calls Russell Simmons a mentor

Ashley Dupre, the professional high-priced call girl who rose to fame after servicing kinky former NY governor Elliot Spitzer, told Page Six that she’s in a much better place now because she’s doing yoga all the time. Then she name dropped her yoga classmate, media mogul Russell Simmons, and said he’s also been a great help to her. She even went so far as to call him her “mentor”:

ASHLEY Dupre is using her body again – but this time for a wholesome purpose.

Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s infamous $4,000-an-hour escort credits the yoga classes she’s been taking for the better part of the past year with “saving her life.”

“The past year has obviously been very difficult for me,” Dupre tells Page Six’s Neel Shah. “Yoga has really helped me turn it into a huge learning experience. I’m working hard to take what I went through and turn it into something positive. Yoga helps me focus.”

The 5-foot-1 brunette has even made a new friend. “Russell Simmons and I have been going to the same class, and he’s just an amazing and wonderful person and spirit,” Dupre says of the rap impresario and Def Jam co-founder. “He’s become a mentor, and has helped me work through my issues. I feel liberated and honored that people like him support me. I’m starting to feel respected for who I am.”

[From The NY Post]

Russell wanted to set the record straight on his relationship with Ashley Dupre so he blogged about it in an account on his site, Global Grind. He basically said that the first time he noticed the girl was at a class this weekend and that all he did was show her how to do a pose she was messing up. She then approached him for help telling her story truthfully. He was impressed and seems to have bought her yoga act hook, line and sinker:

So, over the weekend, I went to my normal practice in the city and while bent over in uttanasana, I noticed a cute, little, short girl whose hands were not placed properly. When you do a complete forward bend, your fingers and your toes should go ten across on the floor, not the hands in front of the feet. I offered my help, which she thanked me for and she then moved on. Later, while doing a twisting triangle, I noticed again that she needed a little direction. So about an hour later when the class was over, she thanked me for the guidance and introduced herself as Ashley Dupré. I said to myself, “Oh my god, this 5 foot, 1 inch god-seeker was the $4000 “escort” of Governor Elliot Spitzer.” Before I could speak, she said “I’ve seen you here many times. This is my favorite place and I’ve been coming here regularly since I’ve moved back into the city, and have been practicing yoga for about a year. Yoga saved my life.” I had seen her in class before, but never said anything to her. We spoke for a few more minutes and I was curious to find out about how her “business” was going and was she benefiting from all of the exposure. She told me that she hadn’t taken a nickel since the scandal broke and the reason was because every deal that had come in front of her involved further destroying her spirit. It is almost impossible for a 23-year-old girl, like her, or anyone for that matter, to be able to resist the temptation of further exploiting yourself when they are throwing money in your face – like Penthouse and Hustler, who offered a video component as well for millions of dollars. She said these things are not her. They are her experiences, but not her. I said that it is amazing to see that you’re in yoga and trying so hard to lift yourself up. She wants to write a book, but the dilemma is that most publishers are too blind to see that people are more interested in her personal, honest evolution, rather than the exploitive tell-all. She told me that she wants to tell her real story, a story that she feels could inspire a thirteen year old girl and make her proud of her own path. A story of personal transformation.

[From Global Grind]

How much do you want to bet Dupre picked that class so that she could approach Russell Simmons and get his help? I saw this girl’s 20/20 interview – she’s not stupid and she’s certainly not contrite. She wants to get a career in music but before she can do that she needs to revamp her image. She knows that Simmons can help her with that, and he seems more than willing to. Going to a few yoga classes doesn’t make her a changed person. It took her like 3 days before she was able to get press by dropping Simmons’ name.

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  1. becca says:

    This proves my accusations that she’s a famewhore and that she’s to blame as much as the a**hole named Spitzer.

    I’d like to see her disappear. Forever. Every time this hooker trash pops up, old angry feelings resurface that I was quite happy getting rid of.

  2. pixiegirl says:

    Yes, a music career. GREAT idea.

  3. vale says:

    A moment of clarity is needed- why has the year been ‘obviously difficult’? She was a hooker a year ago and isn’t anymore. Said prostitution is like a date that pays the rent, said she was offering a ‘service’ and apparently knew what she was doing. The only difference is that now everybody knows. It seems it served her when she needed it, why the crocodile tears when the client turned out to be famous? Isn’t it kind of guaranteed that among the rich men that can afford $4000 hookers one would be a famous person?

  4. becca says:

    vale: to me her appearance and her usage of said fame is rubbing last year’s scandal in my face. Are you a citizen of NYS? Spitzer was very promising. Yeah, he’s the one that solicited the action, but she’s not helping one damn bit

  5. Because I Say So says:

    Hasn’t it been 20 minutes already for this broad? Go away, already! She’ll only be known as Spitzer’s hooker, never as anything beyond that. Doesn’t she get it?

  6. n says:

    now she’s trying to capitalize on a chance meeting with Russell Simmons at her yoga class?

    yick. she’s nasty.

  7. Phat girl says:

    She better not be fame-whoreing. We all know obvious fame-whores never become famous celebrities. Yoga, my ass. She is so transparent, and she honestly wants to be an inspiration to 13 year old girls.!?!! Geesh what the fuck. Yes little ones, you too can aspire to new heights, maybe you won’t be the Governor’s slut but with some effort you could screw enough professors and then bosses to get any job you want. Reach for the stars girls. But remember don’t be a nude model in playboy, it’s wrong.

  8. Wow says:

    Women like this are ALWAYS onthe prowl. CB got it right, she probably knew which class he would be in or teaching.

    These women know what they are doing. What amazes me is how these rich men keep falling for it. I was LMBO at his blog. Please.

  9. guest says:

    he seems to be quite intrigued with & by her. this just might get interesting!

  10. Jill says:

    oh barf. i don’t think your story is *ever* going to be inspiring to thirteen year olds. not in the right way anyway. (maybe in the hey, i have no self-respect and look how much money i can make whoring it out way)

  11. GimmeABreak says:

    Posing for Hustler and Penthouse “just aren’t her”????????????? SHE WAS A $4000 AN HOUR HOOKER!

    Coincidence? She just HAPPENS to be in the same yoga class as one of the biggest music producers? (or whatever it is he does) This trick is so transparent.

  12. nanster says:

    Mentor = F*** buddy

  13. adad says:

    I think a Spitzer make a right choise when he was decided what escort service to choise! We all now that Ashley Dupre is one of the best London escort girls and I think his wife will understand it!

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