Jury Rules in Favor of GGW

Two Denton, Texas women, who filed a civil suit against Mantra Films and the Girls Gone Wild video series, have lost their case.

The suit stemmed from a March 2002 incident, when the women, who were 17 at the time, flashed their breasts for a Girls Gone Wild camera crew here on Panama City Beach.

Brittany Lowry, Lezlie Fuller and their parents accused Mantra Films of misappropriation and fraud, claiming a Mantra representative told the women he was shooting a private film.

They sued Mantra for distributing and profiting from the DVDs and videotapes, without their consent.

But the jury said the women knew what they were doing, lied about being under 18, and found in favor of Mantra.

The Texas judge actually applied Florida law because the incident occurred here. That law allows minors to be videotaped as long as they are on public land.

Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis is facing criminal charges here in Bay County for allegedly taping underage girls during Panama City Beach's 2003 spring break.


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