'Girls Gone Wild' to Release Ashley Dupre Footage

'Girls Gone Wild' to Release Ashley Dupre Footage
Tod Hunter
LOS ANGELES — "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis announced today that he will release footage of Ashley Dupre taken during spring break in Florida in 2003. Dupre is also known as "Kristen," the call girl at the center of the scandal that led to the resignation of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer.

Dupre had previously filed a $10 million lawsuit against Francis and "Girls Gone Wild," which was dropped on Saturday.

"She clearly filed her lawsuit just for publicity," Francis said in a press release. "Now that the distraction of this frivolous lawsuit is behind us and I have been vindicated, yet again, we’ve been given the green light to provide her with all the public exposure she could ask for."

Dupre's suit had alleged that "Girls Gone Wild" and Joe Francis had ruined Dupre's reputation by publicizing the video. Francis countered by posting the footage indicating that Dupre had willingly volunteered to perform for the "Girls Gone Wild" cameras, providing both a verbal and written release. The footage shows Dupre covered by a terry cloth towel and giving her name as Amber Arpaio. An unseen questioner asks if she is 18 and if the footage can be used on "Girls Gone Wild." She said yes to both questions before her ID was photographed.

Because Dupre had offered false identification and lied about her age on camera, the company initially declined to publish the material.

The release notes that the footage should be online at the website soon.

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