- "You keep talking about how people have changed. Don't you think maybe you're the one who's different?"
- ― Ashley Butler
Ashley was born in Acter, Alderney, and knew several of the members of the Lost Alderney Chapter since childhood, including Johnny Klebitz. After joining the Lost, she became Johnny's girlfriend and also became a drug addict, using cocaine and crystal meth. Her addictions, coupled with her infidelity (due to her desire to obtain such drugs), eventually led to Johnny breaking up with her, which worsened her addiction.
The Lost and Damned
Eventually, her addictions later led to her being held-up in a crackhouse by some drug dealers when she couldn't pay them, although Johnny managed to save her. At some point, Ashley begun a relationship with Ray Boccino, a capo of the Pegorino Family. Ray used this to his advantage, convincing her to use The Lost to steal several diamonds which originally belonged to Ray Bulgarin. Despite this, he is shown to have genuine concern towards her and her addiction. She also borrowed money from the Russian Mafia to pay for her habit. This put her in debt to Dimitri Rascalov, and Johnny and Malc are forced to kidnap Roman Bellic to settle it.
Later, Ray orders Johnny to take part in a deal exchanging the diamonds which were stolen previously for money. However, the deal is ambushed by Luis Lopez, and among the confusion, Johnny decides to take the money for himself and the Lost. He then gives it to Jim Fitzgerald for safekeeping. Ashley unwittingly informs Ray of this and he has Jim kidnapped and tied up in his basement to be tortured in the hope that he will reveal what happened to the money. Johnny is lured to Ray's but the two escape before parting ways. Ashley then calls Johnny to warn him that he is in pursuit from some of Ray's goons. Although he manages to escape successfully, Ashley informs him that Jim was killed and that Billy Grey is planning on turning states while in prison, pinning a drug ring on The Lost.
After completion of The Lost and Damned storyline, she is not seen again. However, if Johnny calls Ashley, she'll ask for $40. Johnny declines, telling her she can "kill herself on her own". She also emails Johnny, informing him that she has checked into rehab and is doing well. Johnny wishes her well but asks her to stop contacting him. She later emails Johnny again, telling him she was kicked out of rehab and asks him for money again, but Johnny reiterates his wish for her to stop contacting him.
Grand Theft Auto V
At some point between 2008 and 2013, Johnny, Terry, Clay, Ashley and several other members of the Lost MC relocated to Blaine County, San Andreas, where they set up a new base of operations. The gang would then become heavily involved in drugs and arms trading. Ashley and Johnny got back together, and Johnny himself also got addicted to meth like Ashley. The gang also became affiliated with Trevor Philips, but the relationship seemed shaky as Trevor would often have sex with Ashley, much to Johnny's anger. Ashley's appearance during this time also radically changed; her hair color changed from black to red, and she became thinner and more haggard (likely a result of meth use).
In early 2013, Trevor met and allied with an unknown hitman. Trevor would frequently send this Hitman on missions to meddle with The Lost with the intention of furthering his affair with Ashley.
Sometime in 2013, Johnny confronted Trevor again for having sex with Ashley. Trevor, who has just found out about Michael De Santa's survival, finally snaps and smashes a beer bottle against Johnny's head before repeatedly stamping on it and killing him, witnessed by Ashley, Ron Jakowski and Wade Hebert. Trevor leaves with Ron and Wade, leaving Ashley to mourn over Johnny's body. The rest of the Lost MC, including Terry Thorpe and Clay Simons, would soon be wiped out by Trevor as well.
Should the player decide it, Ashley can be killed as well and dialogue between Trevor and Wade will acknowledge this during the ride over to the Lost compound. However, regardless of the player's decision, a Weazel News report and an internet news article will later reveal that Ashley died after participating in a heroin orgy in a Paleto Bay condo, along with four local males in their 50s and 80s. According to the article, police broke down the doors to the apartment after neighbors complained about an unpleasant smell and found five naked corpses.
Ashley's appearance changes significantly between games. During GTA IV and The Lost and Damned, her hair is black and her skin is noticeably more pale. Her eyes are also brown. In GTA V, her hair is red, and she looks much older, possibly due to her meth use. Her eyes have changed to be blue. She appears to have a tattoo reading "TLAD" near her left breast.
LCPD Database Record
- Seen with Ray Boccino, a Capo in the Alderney-based Pegorino Crime Syndicate.
Grand Theft Auto IV
The Lost and Damned
- Clean and Serene (Post-mission phone call)
- Coming Down (Boss)
- This Shit's Cursed (Post-mission phone call)
- Shifting Weight (Post-mission phone call)
- Diamonds in the Rough
- Roman's Holiday (Boss)
- Was It Worth It?
- Get Lost (Post-mission phone call)
Grand Theft Auto V
- Mr. Philips (Can be killed)
- The player can occasionally call her after certain missions to hear her input on the game's storyline.
- Though possibly a taunt, Ray will tell Johnny in "Was It Worth It?", "I fucked Ashley my friend, and now I'm gonna fuck you!" suggesting he may have also had an affair with her.
- Ashley owns a private Lifeinvader account. After "Mr. Philips", regardless of whether the player killed her or not, Ashley will leave a threat on Ron Jakowski's account, telling him that they all will pay for Johnny's death. This is presumably an oversight but it can also suggests that Ashley canonically survives the events of "Mr. Philips".
- In the enhanced version of the game, the player cannot auto aim or lock on to Ashley, nor can they shoot her. However, she can still be killed with an explosive such as an RPG or sticky bombs, to name but a few.
- Ashley's age on the LCPD database is listed as 27 in 2008, making her 32 during the events of Grand Theft Auto V. However, the news report of her death lists her age as 37.
- In her description on the Rockstar website in People & Places, her description is "Party girl who has partied too much".
- In GTA V, an unused contact thumbnail of her appears in the game files.