*The business of 'Kristen'

No, not that kind of business. We're talking about the financial possibilities for Ashley Alexandra Dupré (aka "Kristen" and goodness knows who else), the 22-year-old Joisey call girl who was Eliot Spitzer's final, er, date as NY governor. The most lucrative possibilities would seem to involve taking her clothes off. Penthouse publisher Diane Silberstein tells Radar that she'd be "very, very interested" in naked pictures of Dupré ("obviously, we'd be thrilled if we could land an exclusive," Silberstein says). A source at Playboy says the magazine has also discussed the possibility of getting Dupré to pose for a price tag in the high six figures. Meanwhile, her MySpace page is generating 5,000 visitors a minute, which gives everybody a taste of her fledgling music career. "Sex, money, drugs is what I'm all about," she sings on Move Ya Body, a single that's now selling on Amiestreet.com. But apparently there are limits. From Portfolio.com:

Two years ago, it would've been a no-brainer: Dupre would've signed with Judith Regan, the publisher of choice for every porn star, stripper or double-murderer with a memoir itch. But Regan's out of the business now, and "I don't know post-Judith who would buy this kind of book," says one agent. Not Twelve editor in chief Jonathan Karp, that's for sure. "No! No! No! There is no book in a two-hour tryst," he insists (although it's yet to be established whether Spitzer was a repeat customer of Dupre's). "The advance would be less than $4,100," he quips, "and I doubt the publisher would pay travel expenses." "I don't think it's worth anything," agrees HarperCollins publisher Jonathan Burnham. "There's no story there, just a transaction with a client."

*Not to get too wrapped up in the life and times of Kristen, but NY Magazine has been checking public records and discovers that the only listing for an Ashley Youmans - the real name of Ashley Alexandra Dupré - has her age as 32, not 22. "Could this be true?" the magazine posts. "How bad did she think the lighting was going to be in Room 871??"

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