MIAMI The call girl linked to the sex scandal
that prompted the resignation of then-New York Gov. Eliot
Spitzer in March has dropped a multimillion-dollar lawsuit
against "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis.
A statement from an attorney for Ashley Alexandra Dupre
said the complaint, filed in April in federal court in Miami
and alleging illegal use of Dupre's name and image, was
withdrawn on Thursday.
"Ms. Dupre wants to eliminate all negativity from her life
and focus on the positive. She has prospects for many exciting
new projects and is looking forward to starting a new chapter,"
the statement said.
In the lawsuit, Dupre contended she was 17 and not old
enough to sign a legally binding contract when she appeared
partially nude in video footage filmed in 2003 by members of
Francis' Mantra Films production company in Miami Beach.
On spring break vacation at the time, she was drunk when
told to sign a video release form, according to the complaint,
which sought damages in excess of $10 million.
Francis had denied the allegations.
Dupre was identified in media reports in March as the woman
named "Kristen" linked to "Client 9," the frequent client of an
upscale prostitution ring.
U.S. media, citing unnamed law enforcement sources, have
said Spitzer was the anonymous "Client 9."
(Reporting by Tom Brown, Editing by Alan Elsner)