Model/Whore

Gawker has the "Emperors Club" listing for "Kristen," the prostitute at the heart of the Spitzer story. It says that she is a "swimsuit model."

A friend of mine in the modelling business, at a good agency, once told me that the jobs sometimes bled into prostitution. That they were hired by a fancy company for a shoot, and then went out to dinner with the execs and were expected to put out. I imagine there is a ton of overlap between struggling models in New York and the high-end prostitution business. Hetaera. Emperors.

Charles Keating says that Kristen was a troubled person who was exploited. These statements seem to be true, esp given the info we now have about her background. It is also true that the beauty of models can and will produce great transfers of wealth. A friend of mine, a single woman of 50, says she wishes she could have gotten $x,000 for a couple hours work when she was younger. I’ve heard such comments before and wonder whether, given the inevitability of prostitution, it is best to legalize it and regulate it.

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  1. Gene says:

    I've been wondering why both Hillary and Alan Dershowitz are defending Spitzer. With Dershowitz it's undoubtedly because until a few days ago he thought Spitzer could be the first Jewish president. Hillary's support is more likely a way to solidify her support with those people who would have financed a Spitzer presidential run and who, she hopes, will in the meantime continue to support her.

  2. the Sword of Gideon says:

    Hey Gene has a card carrying member of the LOBBY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Aipac member and all, I think Spitzer is an asshole. Any comment?

  3. Todd says:

    Didn't spitzer go after prostitutes and thir clients himself? If so, what is this talk of Spitzer's nobility? Wouldn't he be more than just a dirtbag? I'd say that he would then be a hypocrite and a politician of the worst sort. He needs to rot in jail for abuse of power if what I have read is correct.

  4. jaybruce says:

    Sheldon Adelson, owner of the Sands Casino, and 3rd richest man in the US, as part of his Birthright Israel charity, will send every American Jewish boy and girl to Israel for a two week stay, at his own expense, so they don't marry a gentile. Studies show that American boys and girls who have visited the "old country" are less likely to marry outside "the race."

    "See what happened to Eliot," Uncle Shelly would say.

  5. samuel burke says:

    how about government restraint?

    i think more thought ought to go into what we allow as government intrusion in the lives of "WE THE PEOPLE" than on the externals of this issue.

    Liberty!

  6. americangoy says:

    tin foil hat on:

    Spitzer was targeted by the corrupt DOJ, the same way Don Siegelman was targeted. Spitzer went aggressively after Wall Street cheats, Enron et al.

    The thing is, when the "volunteer" DOJ investigators looked into Spitzer and were almost ready to make stuff up, just like in Siegelman's case – "holy cow! He really did have something hidden in his closet!" moment happened.

  7. canarsie says:

    Elitist David Brooks takes a shot at Spitzer:
    "I don’t know if you’ve seen a successful politician or business tycoon get drunk and make a pass at a woman. It’s like watching a St. Bernard try to French kiss. It’s all overbearing, slobbering, desperate wanting. There’s no self-control, no dignity."

    Ever see a drunk, middle class, computer programmer make a pass at a woman, Dave?

  8. Jim Haygood says:

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    canarsie … ROFLMAO!!!

    What interested me most about "Kristen" (other than what Phil called her "great rack") was her cited musical influences: Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera, Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline, Carly Simon, Diana Krall, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Aerosmith, Lauryn Hill, Keisha Cole, U2, Jack Johnson, and Vivian Green. Clearly, she likes rhythm & blues, and soul music of both the white soul and black soul schools.

    Like nearly every woman who goes into the biz, Kristen had a problematic relationship with her father. (Duh!) Music that cuts deep can be the only way for some people to access and articulate those tangled feelings.

    Searches of "Spitzer" and "music" turn up his investigation of a payola scandal and, to his credit, that he made record companies pay $50 million in back royalties. But does he listen to music the way Kristen does? I would speculate that music is largely an abstract intellectual exercise for Spitzer. He craves a woman's touch because he can't feel the music.

    As a visually impaired person, Spitzer's successor David Paterson likely has the enhanced sense of hearing which is the one of the compensations for reduced vision. It will serve him well in actually listening to the factions in Albany. One blog (If I Ran the Zoo) described Paterson as "articulate and almost musical in his ability to express himself. At the same time, he sounded relaxed and conversational, as if he was talking to exactly one person and making a vital connection to her [in the radio interview]."

    Let the music roll.

  9. American says:

    While I think prostitution should probably be legalized mainly because it isn't ever going away and legalizing would give some control over it tax fraud and health requirement wise and people's sexual whatevers should be their own business.

    But I can't feel any sympathy for poor little Kristen or Spitzer. Kristen chose to be a prostitute purely for the money knowing the hazards and the illegality of the trade…ditto Spitzer for his sexual situtation or problems.

    They both did what they did period, but let's not keep lowering the character bar by making them into some kind of victims.
    They are victims only of their own choices.

  10. americangoy says:

    How is Kirsten a victim here?

    She will make 7 figures posing for hustler…

  11. Charles Keating says:

    "They are victims only of their own choices."

    Sort of like the people who got nice houses by signing a "no documentation" mortgage application without even a copy paycheck stub attached and didn't feel they should even have to put up a $100 good faith deposit, and all those in the banking, appraiser, and securities chain who took their cut on the way up to our current bailout by prudent taxpayers?