Moral Low Ground

Society

‘Girls Gone Wild’ Ordered to Pay $5.77 Million in Tamara Favazza Exploitation Retrial

Favazza says she learned of her role in the salacious series after a friend of her husband’s noticed her.

A Missouri judge has ordered the makers of a popular soft-core pornography DVD series to pay millions of dollars to a woman who claims she did not consent to her image being used in the films.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Mantra Films Inc. and MRA Holding LLC, makers of the popular “Girls Gone Wild” series of soft-core porn videos featuring college-age girls exposing themselves, was ordered to pay $5.77 million to Tamara Favazza, who was a 20-year-old college student in 2004 when someone lifted her tank top at a St. Louis bar so that a cameraman could film her bare breasts.

It turns out the woman who lifted her top was a paid contractor working for “Girls Gone Wild” and the footage ended up in a DVD titled “Girls Gone Wild Sorority Orgy.” 

Favazza sued, and in a 2010 trial, a jury found for the film company. But three months later, Judge John J. Riley granted a new trial because the weight of the evidence was not reflected in the verdict. Riley found that Favazza was clearly “an unwilling participant” in the video; she could be seen mouthing the word “no” as her top was pulled up by the “Girls Gone Wild” employee.

Judge Riley also took exception to “Girls Gone Wild’s” claim that bar patrons were aware that they were being filmed and that the footage could be used for commercial purposes because notices were posted throughout the bar.

It was “highly questionable whether a reasonable person reading the notices would believe she was consenting, merely by dancing fully clothed, to the use of her image being spliced into and or used for the promotion of pornographic material not filmed at the location,” he wrote.

The second trial was presided over by Judge John Garvey. His ruling was issued on March 5 after no one from “Girls Gone Wild” showed up to defend the company. Garvey’s $5.77 million ruling includes $1.5 million in punitive damages and proceeds from the sale of “Girls Gone Wild” videos.

According to Favazza, she was unaware that she “starred” in a “Girls Gone Wild” video until one of her husband’s friends spotted her in it. She said it caused problems in her marriage and that friends and members of her “very Catholic, conservative family” weren’t speaking to her.

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Related Posts

3 Comments

  1. BobApril 26, 2012 at 1:18 pmReply

    Well isn’t that terrible… Poor little Catholic girl got caught by daddy beating off to his porno collection and then she decided she made a bad decision and well here she is 5.77 million dollars richer. Boy, if I had 5.77 million for every time my dick fell out in public.

    • Brett WilkinsApril 26, 2012 at 1:22 pmReplyAuthor

      You’d be at least $5.77 million richer, I presume…

  2. Smitty JonesApril 27, 2012 at 9:10 pmReply

    Naw, about $3.98 (tiny pee-pee)

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

Douche Du Jour
  • GOP Congressman Robert Pittenger Says Charlotte Protesters ‘Hate White People Because They’re Successful’
  • Israel Nominates Col. Eyal Karim, Who Endorsed Rape of Non-Jews to ‘Boost Troop Morale,’ for Chief Military Rabbi
  • The Hateful 8: Anti-Gay Christian Leaders Praise Orlando Massacre
  • Koch Brother’s Youth Education Program Teaches ‘Sacrificing Lives for Profits’
  • Tracy Murphree, GOP Texas Sheriff Candidate, Threatens to Beat Transgender Women Unconscious
Archives