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Girls Gone Wild Case Ends With $5.7 Million Verdict For Tamara Favazza

The “Girls Gone Wild” case is finally coming to an end. Tamara Favazza filed a lawsuit against the makers of GGW in 2008 after her naked breasts were used in one of the DVDs without her consent. A judge has now ruled in favor of Favazza and has awarded her nearly $6 million. Mantra Films Inc. has asked for a retrial.

AZ Central reports that Favazza filed a lawsuit against Mantra Films Inc. and MRA Holdings LLC when she found out that a video of her naked breasts were part of the “Girls Gone Wild Sorority Orgy” DVD series. Favazza, who was 20-years-old when the tape was made, said that someone lifted her tank top during a party at a St. Louis club.

Favazza filed the lawsuit in 2008 claiming that she did not give consent and that the DVD damaged her reputation. A jury initially sided with Mantra Films in 2010. Three months later John J. Riley granted a retrial as he believed that the evidence in the case favored Favazza and not Mantra Films.

During the original trial, Mantra Films denied responsibility saying that there were signs all around the Rum Club explaining the intent of the video. Favazza said that she never saw the signs and never planned on exposing herself. Favazza also said that you can see her mouth the word “no” on the video as someone else pulls down her top.

Earlier this month, St. Louis Circuit Judge John Garvey ruled in favor of Gavazza and awarded her $5.77 million. Mantra Films has asked for a retrial .

The Seattle Times notes that Joe Francis, the founder of the “Girls Gone Wild” series, has made a fortune from the DVDs despite numerous lawsuits against him. Francis was originally named in the lawsuit but was dismissed from the “Girls Gone Wild” Case in 2009.

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