Eliot Spitzer left tried to choke her during a violent role-play game in which he was a martial arts instructor and she was the student. And she shared her bombshell story exclusively with the Daily News. Advertisement Over several wildly turbulent years, Rebecca Woodard went from making thousands of dollars a day working for two of the city's most notorious madams to wearing a wire to help bring down one of them, she told The News, speaking out for the first time in a wide-ranging, one-on-one interview.
Manhattan prosecutors insisted she continue seeing clients while working undercover — and then forced her to turn over all of her earnings and gifts, the sultry blond said in her talk with The News. Through it all, she balanced another role: A costly custody fight over her daughter prompted her to enter the escort business and served as her guiding light as she maneuvered to get out of it. Woodard, writing as Rebecca Kade, also tells her story in her new memoir, "Call Girl Confidential," which is due out in stores on Jan.
I think people misuse that term," the leggy Woodard, 37, told The News inside her elegant Manhattan apartment. It really breaks my heart because there's some seriously difficult things I've experienced. The shy, recent transplant from North Carolina and Barron started dating — and months later she learned she was pregnant at the age of By the time the baby was born, Barron had already moved on to another woman and Woodard was left to take care of little Isabella on her own.
Barron was paying child support and she was working full time at Viacom. But in , Barron picked up 6-year-old Isabella from Woodard's home and never returned. Woodard received court papers weeks later informing her that Barron had filed for custody. The custody battle quickly turned nasty. Barron, who is not identified by name in the book, claimed Woodard was popping Vicodin pills, which she denied. But he also noted that she was living with a man who served prison time after pleading guilty to the attempted rapes of two women — a decision Woodard would regret.
Advertisement In September , a judge denied Woodard's request to allow unsupervised visits with her daughter. Her legal bills started piling up. All of the other gigs for part-time work paid a small fraction of that. Gallery Books Woodard knew what that kind of money would demand of her, but saw no other options. All she thought about was getting her daughter back, she says. Woodard says she responded to the ad, and days later, stepped into an opulent East Side apartment owned by Davis, the bottle-blond, surgically enhanced Manhattan Madam who would soon become one of the central figures in the sex scandal that would lead to the resignation of Spitzer, who was known as Client No.
At first, Woodard questioned whether she could go through with it, she says. She was, after all, a conservative gal raised in a strict Christian home who didn't even feel comfortable in a bikini. But Woodard says she told Davis she'd give it a try, and two days later, "Ashley" met her first client at the swanky Le Parker Meridien hotel. The man was tall and pleasant, but the experience was anything but.
I was so scared and I hoped that I would be forgiven. Staring at her daughter's empty room, Woodard steeled herself and decided she would continue working her full-time job while going on calls for Davis at night. In an email to The News, Barron insisted he never did "anything that would justify Rebecca's decision to become a prostitute.
Rebecca, the exhausted and angst-ridden mother, and Ashley, the sexy Southern belle seductress. She says she did in-calls at an apartment Davis had rented at the swanky Corinthian on E. Walking into the room of a new client, Woodard never knew what to expect. Many were gentlemen who treated her respectfully. Some were overly aggressive. And a handful were just strange. Woodward got emotional when talking about her painful memories. James Keivom Then there were the two governors.
One, who Woodard refuses to identify, was a regular client who was needy but gentle and gracious. The other was Spitzer, who in or wanted to play the role of a self-defense instructor testing a student by attacking her, Woodard says. Eliot Spitzer was a client of Kristin's. It wasn't one of those Can-you-be-somewhere-in-an-hour? Kristin said it was an important client, but she didn't say who.
She briefed me on what he liked — what he expected. He needed the scenario specified to the girl in advance. He's a role-play kind of guy. The alleged Spitzer tryst was one of many frightening encounters Woodard says she had while working for Davis.
So when another of Davis' escorts mentioned that she was making incredible amounts of money while secretly working for another madam, Woodard begged her for an introduction. Advertisement It was early Woodard's custody battle was dragging on and her finances were especially tight. Armed with a phone number, Woodard says she called the mystery madam the next day.
Eliot Spitzer stands before the media at the height of his sex scandal, with his wife Silda Wall Spitzer, delivering an apology to his family and the public following revelations he was linked to a prostitution ring in Woodard could tell already that she was dealing with a different sort of operator. But it would only be much later when Woodard, after getting recruited by Manhattan prosecutors, would learn how big Soccer Mom Madam Anna Gristina actually was.
Gristina said Sunday she doesn't believe Woodard ever saw Spitzer. Woodard was a "B-level girl," Gristina said. The Manhattan district attorney's office declined to comment Sunday.
Tuesday in The News: Rebecca Woodard recounts her time with Anna Gristina — and how she secretly worked with prosecutors in an attempt to pin criminal charges on the Soccer Mom Madam.