N. J. woman says Spitzer's call girl stole her identity Ashley Dupre is accused of using the woman's name, driver's license in 'Girls Gone Wild' video.

Posted: July 18, 2008

Ashley Dupre, arguably the world's most famous call girl, is being sued by a North Jersey woman who says Dupre stole her identity.

Dupre's sexual liaisons with Gov. Eliot Spitzer were made public in March and brought down the powerful New York lawmaker.

After the scandal broke, the producers of the Girls Gone Wild videos scoured their vaults, found explicit footage of Dupre, and released the film.

In the widely distributed video, Dupre identifies herself as "Amber Arpaio." The camera zooms in on a New Jersey driver's license with Arpaio's name and picture on it.

Arpaio, 26, who works in a North Jersey medical office, was thunderstruck when she learned of it.

"Friends of hers said. 'You'd never guess what's on the Internet,' " said Arpaio's attorney, Robert E. Dunn of Morristown who filed the suit July 11 in U.S. District Court in Newark. "She was shocked. Absolutely shocked."

Arpaio is seeking unspecified damages from Dupre, the producers of Girls Gone Wild, and other unnamed parties. The complaint also says Arpaio was subject to invasion of privacy and defamation.

Dunn said Dupre and Arpaio were strangers. He said he did not know how Dupre obtained Arpaio's drivers license.

"My client doesn't know her personally," Dunn said yesterday. "She knew something of her at one point in time, years ago from the Shore area."

"Arpaio" is an uncommon name, Dunn said. There is only one "Amber Arpaio" listed in the entire country.

"My client had a very private life before this came along," Dunn said. "Now, people are calling her at home.

"One of things that really disturbs her is if she plugs her name into the Internet, all that comes up is porn sites," he said. "It's a very upsetting thing."

Dunn said the video producers knew Dupre was using a false name.

"They knew it when they released it that she wasn't Amber Arpaio. They knew she was Ashley Dupre, unless they assumed it was a fake license."

Early this month, Dupre dropped a lawsuit claiming Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis exploited her image and name on the Internet.

Dupre voluntarily dismissed the $10 million federal lawsuit, according to court documents filed July 3. She said she was only 17 when she signed a binding contract giving permission to appear in the Girls Gone Wild video.

In her lawsuit, Dupre said she was on spring break in Miami Beach in 2003 when she was approached by Girls Gone Wild producers, given alcoholic drinks and then signed a release agreeing to appear. The series depicts women in provocative poses or topless, often in such party locations as Mardi Gras or spring break beach towns.

Francis has said Dupre was on the Girls Gone Wild bus for a week and made seven full-length videos.

Shortly after the lawsuit was filed, Francis released a video where Dupre appears covered by a terry cloth towel and gives her name as Amber Arpaio. An unseen questioner asks if she is 18 and if the footage can be used on Girls Gone Wild. She says yes to both questions.

The video also displays a New Jersey driver's license with the Amber Arpaio name and a birth date that would have made her appear to be in her 20s.

Contact staff writer Sam Wood at 215-854-2796 or at samwood@phillynews.com.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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