‘Girls Gone Wild’ Franchise Gets Sued Again

Rhett Pardon
ST. LOUIS — Litigants keep stepping forward in cases against Mantra Entertainment and “Girls Gone Wild” founder Joe Francis.

In the latest suit, a Jane Doe plaintiff claims “Girls Gone Wild” producers pulled down her spaghetti-strap tank top to expose her breasts in an attempt to film her and others for the Mantra video series.

Doe, according to the suit filed last week, was socializing with friends at the Rum Jungle at St. Louis’ Laclede’s Landing in September 2005 when she was approached by two Mantra producers. Doe turned away from cameras, while one of the producers “pulled the shoulder straps off her shoulders and down her arms, causing her top to fall off to show her bare breasts.”

St. Louis’ Rum Jungle is a dance club and bar, with a sister club at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

In the suit, Doe claimed said she never gave permission to film her at the Rum Jungle for a scene that was later used on a DVD marketed as “Girls Gone Wild Sorority Orgy.”

“Defendants have used plaintiff’s likeness and image through still photos (obtained from video footage) for the commercial benefit to advertise the defendants’ videos and DVDs,” the suit said. “Defendants have sold and continue to sell the ‘Sorority’ DVD for their own commercial gain without providing any compensation to plaintiff.”

Doe said in the suit that she has sustained post-traumatic stress and psychological injuries in her suit, which seeks more than $25,000 in damages.

Francis did not return calls to XBIZ for comment on the case at post time.

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