Ashley Dupre in the bad old days.

Ashley Dupre in the bad old days.

Ashley Dupré’s effort to live down her 2008 Eliot Spitzer sex scandal is being upended by a new Playboy website promotion. It’s curiously timed to coincide with Spitzer’s latest high-profile resignation. Get It?

Spitzer’s involvement with the $4,000-a-night hooker, known as “Kristen,” and her New Jersey call-girl service was unearthed by a federal investigation.

The scandal made national headlines, Spitzer was forced to resign and for a time Dupré was a household name. She was granted immunity from prosecution to testify against the New Jersey prostitution ring and made a couple of efforts to leverage her notoriety into a singing or acting career.

But nothing ever materialized, except an offer to posed nude for Playboy’s May 2010 issue. Now those photos have resurfaced in a Playboy promotional campaign for its PlayboyPlus website.

The magazine appears to be trying to capitalize on Spitzer’s high-minded decision to walk out on Al Gore’s Current Television Network, where he hosted weekday talk show.

Ashley Dupré Back in the Skin Game for Playboy (preview)

The move came after Gore announced that Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera had agreed to acquire Current TV, according to The New York Times.

Spitzer based his decision on what he said was Al Jazeera’s plan to shift the focus of the network. His contract expired after the presidential election.

As a result of the scandal, Dupre in 2009 landed a sex advice column in The New York Post. She wrapped her final column in May of this year.

She quit, she said, to concentrate on her new lingerie and swimwear boutique, Femme by Ashley, in Red Bank. Dupre also is engaged to the father of her new baby.

She couldn’t be reached for comment on how she feels about the use of her photos, but Playboy is probably selling a lot of memberships. You can check them out here, and be sure to follow TheImproper for all the latest celebrity updates.

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