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Plaintiffs Drop Suit Against Joe Francis

Plaintiffs Drop Suit Against Joe Francis
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Oct 15, 2007 3:30 PM PDT    Text size: 
PANAMA CITY, Fla. — A representative for "Girls Gone Wild" (GGW) founder Joe Francis has confirmed to XBIZ that two women who filed suit against him have dropped charges, after video surfaced showing the two women verbally stating they were of age to be filmed and also consenting to it.

The video of plaintiffs Brooke Patsolic and Christina Brose was posted last week at MeetJoeFrancis.com, an apparent attempt to inform the public of his extensive legal woes.

In a statement Francis said that he would forego suing the two women in exchange for a public apology, which he was sent soon after. In it, Patsolic and Brose acknowledge that GGW parent company Mantra Films and Francis suffered as a result of their actions.

"We have agreed to dismiss our lawsuit and acknowledge that no money has been paid to either of us," the women wrote. "Further, we understand that by dismissing this action, Mantra Films Inc., 'Girls Gone Wild' and Joe Francis have agreed not to pursue legal action against us stemming from the filing of our lawsuit.”

In the suit, both women claimed that they were enticed aboard the GGW bus and coerced into exposing themselves and engaging in sexual acts after being promised the footage would not be used for commercial purposes. Free clothes and alcohol — though they claimed they were under 21 — also allegedly were provided.

However on the videotape, released several months later, features Brose telling Francis that he has permission to "put this on anything, I don't care," and later provided her full name and age on tape.

Patsolic also gave consent to use her footage and even pointed out that there were police officers present at the time.

"Tomorrow, we're going to be like, “What the [expletive] were we doing?'" Patsolic said on the tape.

Francis said that this suit is just one of many false allegations he has faced and that he is prepared to fight back and defend himself against them all.

"I am ready to sue any individual or lawyer who brings baseless allegations against me," Francis said. "I only wish the court would permit me to post footage of the other women in Panama City who lied about their ages on camera and falsified written releases — because doing so would likely put an instant end to that case, as well.”

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