Neighbors Have Mixed Views On Woman In Spitzer Scandal
By: NY1 News
NY1: Neighbors Have Mixed Views On Woman In Spitzer Scandal
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News teams have gathered in Manhattan's Flatiron District looking for details about the woman at the center of Eliot Spitzer's downfall. NY1’s Roger Clark joined the fray and filed the following report.
Flatiron District resident Christina Wang was in disbelief upon finding out her next-door neighbor is the woman at the center of the sex scandal that toppled Eliot Spitzer.
"I didn't know that I would live in the same building as a call girl," said Wang.
A horde of news teams has camped out on West 25th Street at the apartment building of 22-year-old Ashley Alexandra DuprŽ, identified in court papers as "Kristen" - the prostitute Eliot Spitzer paid $4,300 to meet up with at a Washington, D.C. hotel on February 13.
On her MySpace page, DuprŽ describes herself as an aspiring musician.
"I would like overhear her you know, practicing singing and stuff like that. And she would be gone for like periods of time, and I don't know where she would be,” said Wang.
As media teams waited for a glimpse of Dupre, passers-by wondered what was going on.
"I didn't think she lived around here, you know, so you never know where these people live at," said a local resident.
While most people interviewed were surprised to find out that DuprŽ lived in the area, others were not as shocked.
"She's got to live somewhere," said one unimpressed passerby.
Some of the interviewed sympathized with DuprŽ's career choice, but did not defend Spitzer.
"He was like cheating on his wife, causing internal turmoil there, but she was just somebody trying to make an honest buck," said a local resident.
"It's her job, she made a choice, and this is what she's doing," said another resident.
"She was making her living the best way she can. But it was wrong what he did," said a third passerby.
Other people in the neighborhood wondered at the media’s obsession with the topic.
"Don't we have anything better to pay attention to in this country in this day? I mean, if this were France, this wouldn't even be an issue," said a local.
But this issue will continue to occupy the U.S. media for many more days to come.
- Roger Clark