In August 2004, NATALIE McLENNAN was working for and dating now-convicted pimp Jason Itzler when he auditioned and recruited a 19-year-old named Ashley Dupre into his high-end prostitution ring, New York Confidential. In her forthcoming book, "The Price: My Rise and Fall as Natalia, New York's #1 Escort," McLennan recalls how she befriended and groomed Ashley - a New Jersey girl with dreams of being the next Mariah Carey - into one of the city's hottest call girls. In this excerpt, McLennan reveals Dupre's sex- and drug-fueled days and nights - raking in piles of cash, dancing in clubs and sidling up to celebrities - before she ended up in bed with Gov. Eliot Spitzer and became famous the wrong way.
'NATALIA, get in a cab," said the voice on the other end of the phone. "I've just met the most beautiful girl I've ever seen in my life."
Typical Jason Itzler tact.
He was my pimp, and I was an escort, and, yes, I know that for most people we were living in some sort of beyond-good-andevil, bizarro world where normal morality and feelings don't apply, but just suspend your disbelief for a minute.
I feigned enthusiasm, "Really? That's so cool."
When I arrived, Jason brought me into the lobby of a hotel and told me to check out a girl working behind the desk.
He had just given this girl, Ashley he said her name was, one of his metal business cards - silver, razor-thin and reading "New York Confidential: Rocket Fuel for Winners."
I had to hand it to him: She was hot.