Gov. Spitzer’s hooker gets immunity

Saturday, March 15th 2008, 1:39 AM

The high-class hooker whose tryst with Eliot Spitzer brought down the governor has been given immunity to testify in the investigation of a worldwide prostitution ring.

Word that Manhattan federal prosecutors have given Ashley Alexandra Dupré immunity came as members of the Spitzer administration were feeling high heat in the expanding probe.

Workers for Spitzer’s election campaign have hired lawyers, preparing to meet with probers looking into whether Spitzer illegally used campaign donations to get to and from his trysts with hookers.

This week, Kristie Stiles, a Spitzer campaign consultant, retained criminal defense lawyer Charles Clayman, who declined to comment.

Sources said at least one other unnamed campaign worker has also hired a lawyer.

Prosecutors are expected to subpoena both to get them to turn over financial records of Spitzer’s gubernatorial campaign.

In other developments:

  • Another Emperors Club prostitute met with federal prosecutors to detail her involvement with another of the 10 clients mentioned in the complaint filed against the ring in Manhattan Federal Court.
  • Lawyers for Emperors Club owner Mark Brener and three co-defendants agreed to allow prosecutors to delay an indictment, a sure sign that plea deals are in the works. Brener’s lawyer, Murray Richman, declined to discuss plea talks. “I’m going to represent him to the best of my abilities. This is a dire situation, very serious.”
  • Dupré’s lawyer said the 22-year-old has been thrust into the “public glare” without her consent. Lawyer Don Buchwald says some publications have used Spitzer’s “political misfortunes” to exploit Dupré for commercial reasons. He stopped short of saying she would sue.
  • Lt. Gov. David Paterson, who becomes governor on Monday, said his first goal will be to revive the state’s economy and improve inner city schools. He flashed his trademark humor when asked if he would run for governor in 2010. “I guess I’ll try it out for a while and get back to you,” he quipped. When pressed, he said, “Yeah, I think.”
  • Paterson spent much of Friday trying to build a bipartisan coalition. He met with Democrats, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, Controller Thomas DiNapoli and Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith. And he met with Republicans, Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno and Assembly Minority Leader Jim Tedisco.

As the Daily News reported Thursday, federal investigators are looking into whether Spitzer improperly used taxpayer funds and campaign dollars to facilitate his out-of-town hookups.

For instance, records show Spitzer used a state plane to fly to Washington Feb. 13, where he had a liaison with Kristen at the Mayflower Hotel.

He did not use public funds to pay for the prostitute or the hotel room, but used his state credit card to fly home on U.S. Airways.

He may have rented two rooms and could have used his own cash or campaign money to pay the bill. A source familiar with the ongoing investigation said that Spitzer, to stay in a luxury hotel, often supplemented the taxpayer subsidy, which is limited, with campaign dollars.

Investigators have also said Spitzer had a liaison with a prostitute in Dallas, although they have not revealed where or when. Records show Spitzer had only one visit there in 2007 and 2008, an October fund-raiser.

In that case, his campaign used contributors’ donations to pay for the hotel and flights to and from the event.

A News examination of Spitzer’s publicly funded travel shows he’s flown to Lisbon, Portugal, once for a global warming conference; to Puerto Rico with his wife for a conference and to Washington at least four times for conferences and congressional hearings.

He’s also used campaign funds to fly around the country for fund-raisers, although he wouldn’t have been up for re-election until 2010.

Besides his trip to Dallas, he’s held fund-raisers in Chicago, Seattle and twice in Beverly Hills, Calif., records show.

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