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Mantra, Francis, Dupre Sued Over ‘Girls Gone Wild’ Video

Mantra, Francis, Dupre Sued Over ‘Girls Gone Wild’ Video
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Jul 17, 2008 3:30 PM PDT    Text size: 
NEWARK, N.J. — A New Jersey woman is suing Ashley Dupre, Joe Francis and “Girls Gone Wild” parent company Mantra Entertainment, claiming that Dupre used her lost driver’s license to appear in a “Girls Gone Wild” video.

The federal lawsuit filed last week by Amber Arpaio seeks unspecified monetary compensation for defamation and invasion of privacy.

Arpaio’s suit said that because of Dupre’s website video, she received numerous calls from friends, family and third parties. Further she claims that her name has traveled through countless websites.

Dupre gained notoriety in March when it came out that she was the high-priced call girl named “Kristen” named in court documents who allegedly was hired by N.Y. Gov. Elliot Spitzer for at least one tryst at a posh Washington hotel. Spitzer, known as “Client 9” in the documents, resigned as governor a few days after the scandal broke.

Dupre had previously filed a $10 million lawsuit against Francis and “Girls Gone Wild” over the video, which was dropped last month.

“She clearly filed her lawsuit just for publicity,” Francis said at the time. “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 West Los Angeles-based company initially declined to publish the material.

Lawyers for Francis and Dupre had no immediate comment on the lawsuit Thursday.

In related news, Dupre has is reportedly in talks to be considered for a slot on MTV. One of the concepts being considered is a dating format.

“They’re talking to MTV about Ashley being the next Tila Tequila,” a source said.

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