Home > News > 2 Lawsuits Against Joe Francis Dropped • Bookmark   • Newsletters   • Register Search Options


2 Lawsuits Against Joe Francis Dropped

2 Lawsuits Against Joe Francis Dropped
Get XBIZ News
Nov 2, 2007 5:00 AM PDT    Text size: 
PENSACOLA, Fla. — Two lawsuits filed against "Girls Gone Wild" (GGW) founder Joe Francis have been withdrawn from federal court in Florida.

Heather Marie Kotis, Rachel Christine Mill, Julie Tilton, Nicole Breitfeller and Tabitha Gautreaux had alleged that Francis’ Mantra Films, producers of GGW, had taped them during a wet T-shirt contest in 2001 and then distributed the tape for sale.

The women filed suit also against the Daytona Beach, Fla., hotel where the event was held, a corporate sponsor, the promoter of the event, a video company that filmed the event and Mantra Films.

However, the cases were ordered closed allegedly because the plaintiffs were never able to identify a GGW title that contained the alleged footage.

“It's apparent that a certain segment of our society has adopted a get rich quick scheme through frivolous litigation,” Francis's attorney David R. Houston said. “We are pleased the court in this matter refused to issue the plaintiffs a golden ticket based upon plaintiffs' actions and misrepresentations.”

In a related case, the plaintiffs filed suit against Playboy magazine, which allegedly photographed and distributed images of the event. However, in that case, the judge ruled in favor of Playboy, which then resulted in the women asking for a stay in the suit against Mantra Films. Eventually, a judge motioned to close the lawsuits.

The court’s action follows closely on the heels of two other lawsuits against Francis being dropped.

Christina Brose and Brooke Patsolic dropped their cases against the GGW owner two weeks ago after alleging that their images had been used without permission, when footage of them appeared in a GGW tape.

Francis responded to the charges by posting video of the plaintiffs on his website, MeetJoeFrancis.com. In the footage, the women appear to give their consent to being filmed while dancing at a nightclub and also in the GGW recreational vehicle, where they kiss and strip down to their underwear.

A veritable magnet for legal action, Francis is currently incarcerated in the Reno, Nev., jail, charged with tax evasion.

On his website, on the “You Be the Judge” page, where he featured the video of Brose and Pastolic, he currently has posted documentation Tranae Hammond vs. Mantra Films, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Hammond filed suit against Francis on charges of sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, battery, sexual battery and emotional distress.

More ways to get XBIZ News:  RSS Feeds  |  E-Newsletters  |  Desktop Widget  |  Mobile
Looking for porn star news and behind-the-scene videos? Check out XFANZ.com !


Cam World: A Good Grind Reaps Riches

For years, webcam modeling was taboo and considered by many as a dirty and raunchy activity. However, in today’s economy, webcam jobs are being accepted more and more by everyone across the globe.... More »

Cam World: Beauty on Point — Models Talk Tradecraft

Cam girls are the girls that are always on point — with the perfect make-up and perfect skin, the shiny hair and long nails. Given their expertise, I asked some of the girls from Studio 20 if they... More »

Cam World: Camming and Toys Go Hand in Hand

There is nothing more satisfying than pleasure, especially if it is sexual. The size or the presentation of the stimulus does not matter if the sensations and tension the body receives transform the way... More »
Stay informed of the latest industry developments. Get XBIZ newsletters delivered to your inbox. Subscribe today!
Enter email address:

* To manage existing subscriptions click here.

Submit your press release to
multiple news outlets with 1 click.
Subscribe to RSS news feeds or
add free content to your website.
Access XBIZ news and articles
with your mobile device.
Subscribe to XBIZ World magazine, the industry's leading e-commerce trade publication, delivering in-depth coverage of the online, mobile and ancillary digital markets.


XBIZ.net Paysite Meetup

May 04 - May 04
Prague, Czech Republic

Eurowebtainment 2017

May 17 - May 20
Majorca, Spain

XBIZ Retreat

May 30 - Jun 03
Miami, Florida

XBIZ Miami 2017

May 30 - Jun 02
Miami, Florida
Everyday thousands of business professionals browse XBIZ's industry directory for quality products and services. Not listed yet? Your company could be losing potential new business. Submit your company today!
Use XBIZ RSS feeds to stay informed of the latest industry developments or as a content syndication tool for your website!