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All-woman jury clears Girls Gone Wild boss of causing emotional distress

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  1. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    All-woman jury clears Girls Gone Wild boss of causing emotional distress

    April 8, 2011 - 2:50PM

    An all-woman federal jury has decided that Joe Francis, founder of the Girls Gone Wild video franchise is not liable for the emotional distress four anonymous plaintiffs claimed to have suffered from appearances in one of his videos.

    The verdict, handed down on Thursday, followed an eight-day trial in Panama City, Florida.

    The jury of eight women began deliberating late on Wednesday morning and took 14 hours to reach a decision.

    The lawsuit claimed Francis exploited the then underage women by filming them flashing their breasts and engaging in other sexual activities for his soft porn videos.

    It also claimed they were ridiculed, ostracised and forced to leave school when videos were released.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/allwoma...ausing-emotional-distress-20110408-1d738.html

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    Cleared ... Joe Francis. Photo: Getty Images
  2. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    I believe they signed a release form before they were put on the show right? That should have absolved him. Now if they were actually under age, that would have been a crime from the get go.
  3. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    It is possible they were been drunk when they signed any paperwork, which could be viewed as some sort of coercion or being taken advantage of. I guess the next video will be "Girls Gone Video: Courtroom Vixens".
  4. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    Good point.
  5. CliffnMesquite

    CliffnMesquite Well-Known Member

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    I don't understand. If the girls were underage when filmed, then he's guilty of distrubuting child poronography.
  6. SaltwaterServr

    SaltwaterServr Blank Paper Offends Me

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    Based on the article, it looks like he cut a plea deal on that already, and these are civil suits brought by the girls.

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