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“Girls Gone Wild” Case: Woman Awarded $5.8 Million

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The makers of the insanely popular “Girls Gone Wild” DVD series is unhappy this week after a woman who filed suit against them was awarded $5.8 million.

The DVDs focus on real college-age girls who bare their bodies for the cameras in exchange for novelty items like t-shirts; the series became a huge success after late-night infomercials offered teasing glimpses of the young girls in various states of undress.

The woman, Tamara Favazza, was a college student in 2005 when the GGW crew were filming at a St. Louis bar she was a patron of. She claims someone lifted her shirt without her permission, and her bare breasts were filmed without her consent. The scene became part of the “Girls Gone Wild Sorority Orgy” series, much to her embarrassment. It was later stated in court that the person responsible for lifting the girl’s shirt actually worked for the DVD company.

A jury originally sided with the entertainment company in 2010, but a retrial was granted and the judge handed down his declaration on March 5th. Now, the people at GGW are asking for a new trial.

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“Girls Gone Wild” Case: Woman Awarded $5.8 Million
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  • sheri

    Well I guess that she should not have been there and maybe this would not have happend I think that this Gone Wild Thing is a SICK AND WRONG VIDEO OF GIRLS BEING NASTY,Collage girls need to not to do this is wrong and someday they will wish they had not done this.

    • Are you kidding me?

      First off, she worked there. It was a bar. Some people enjoy working at bars for the sheer reasoning that they like the people that come in, and the stories they have. Your point is basically like fundamentalist Christians saying that “Well, if she didn’t dress slutty she wouldn’t have gotten raped.” I agree that GGW is ridiculously trashy simply because I don’t put myself in those type of situations, but to say that someone got what they deserved because they were there, when they work there for a living and might not have even agreed with what was going on is an extremely ignorant thing to say.

      • collins

        it not true

      • Joshua Jones

        How did Christianity work its way into this conversation? The real point is that she worked there and was scheduled to be there and something not-so-good for her happened. Plain and simple. Personally, I subscribe to the idea that we should respect each other’s rights to live safely. Also I don’t believe you ever “deserve” to be raped because of what you wear. Unfortunately not all people agree with me. So you must be discerning when it comes to dress and other things because they may be, as you said, placing you into situations that you don’t want to be a part of. That’s not a “fundamentalist Christian” idea; that’s just common sense.

      • Joshua Jones

        And furthermore, the article above says that she was a patron…not an employee. So she had a choice to be there. She had a choice not to be there. Still, if what she states is true, nobody had the right to violate her right to enjoy her time.

  • Linda Jett

    This man and this company has made their money off the chests of these women. She should have gotten more money and learn to respect women instead of degrading them. You go girl and enjoy their money just like they did because of your chest

  • mike

    thats ignorant sheri. She went out does that give someone the right to take her clothes off in public without her permission? Get a clue.

  • Eliot

    Sheri, it’s unacceptable to blame a victim of sexual harassment because she chose to attend a college party. This kind of thing is NEVER OKAY and it is not in any way her fault. I’m glad that she got payout, but money is a poor substitute for feeling safe that this kind of awful violation won’t happen to you.

  • Tony

    Your all pans!

  • mark

    If a person doesn’t have enough dignity to keep thier clothes on in public than they shouldn’t be able to sue somebody for seeing it or showing it. My daughter who would never do such a thing and so many more are not given the respect they deserve because so many self degrading people who want to make such behavior as okay or normal and then blame others when they are called to the shame that they put themselves in!

    • Are you kidding me?

      I would say just because of this dumb comment, your daughter will end up doing something like this because you are so damn ignorant.

      • http://dmic@cdmp.org.bd zahirul Islam

        Yea, I wish to kidding

  • Marc

    Sheri/Mark, Obviously neither of you paid very much attention when reading about this case,the woman was in the bar attending a college party, another person who was representing the company who puts out these “Girls Gone Wild” videos pulled down her top exposing her breasts and they recorded it. They did this without asking her permission to be in the video, they did this by just coming up behind her and pulled her top down, She said “No” when they did it. After this happened, she learned much later that she was in the video. This is why she sued, so now that you are armed with more knowledge, and if you still believe that it was her fault, the the judgement is in, you are both morons….

  • boobguy

    This slut went out in public without underwear (at least no bra), and I’m sure that she signed a consent form before she was included in the video.

    • http://www.LAokay.com Steve G

      It’s one thing to sign a release where there is filming going on and it’s another to take off somebody’s clothes on purpose while filming. She didn’t do the action of her own free will and therefore she was forced into a situation not simply of being filmed, which she agreed to, but being filmed partially nude in which she did not take off her top, somebody who worked for GGW did. That is why the company is liable for damages. If some random college kid did it and there was no connection to GGW asking for it, then you could argue that GGW creates a condition in which such behavior may occur, but that would not make the company liable for making sure her top came off so she could be filmed in that fashion.

  • rofl figures

    It is funny how it is “not her fault”. Haven’t people ever heard that everything is always partially your fault? She was at the party, that is her fault. So there, she is to blame, plus, she is most likely not telling the whole story. Oh well, a society where no one takes blame for their actions because it is always someone else’s fault is doomed.

  • Joanna

    Marc- I totally agree. She was just doing her job and that idiot, felt he had the right to pull down her shirt without her consent, and not only that record it and put it as part of their dvd. Im sure if this happened to Sheri, or Marks wife or daughter they would have done the same thing.

  • Shane

    Ok…so this topic…there is no right or wrong opinion…with the exception of the people putting blame on both parties involved. In the GGW defense: That girl saw the giant bus parked outside…she knows what “Girls Gone Wild” is. She knew the environment she was stepping into. I don’t know about St. Louis…but there have been a few Girls Gone Wild visits to a couple of the local bars in my town. One event…I decided to attend. In the event that there is a film crew for Girls Gone Wild in the bar…not only did I have to show my ID (which is rare in the particular bar I visited), I also was patted down for weapons, AND signed a consent form upon entering the bar. If there is a film crew…EVERYBODY in the building signs that consent form…or you don’t get into the bar. The girl knew what she was getting into. I’m sure she doesn’t have “proof” that she did in fact say “no.” Me personally…it sounds like somebody she didn’t want to know she was a party girl saw the video…and she had a change of heart after the fact. It happens. Now…in the girl’s defense. It is NEVER acceptable to just grab a girls shirt and pull it down. That’s wrong on a lot of different levels. If she was approached…and in fact said “no” then that should’ve been the end of if. Producer, bartender, or hobo…NO MEANS NO, and they should’ve went and found one of the countless other drunk girls to put in that spot. Truth of the matter is this…nobody will ever know which side is telling the truth (if any). Student loans and an opportunity for that much money can make anybody…do or say just about anything. It’s not a question of “right or wrong” here. Both sides are probably right…and both sides are probably wrong at the same time. Personal responsiblity comes into play…and if you see a Girls Gone Wild bus and the WEEKS worth of advertising that comes along with a Girls Gone Wild appearance at a bar…you know what’s going on in the bus…and in the bar. If you didn’t want to be in that scene…go to a different bar.

    • Are you kidding me?

      SHE WORKED THERE!!!

      • Read again

        Read it again, it states she was a patron, not an employee. She chose to be there, fulling knowing what was taking place inside. While I disagree with GGW and what they represent, that is a ridiculous amount of money to be awarded. It will only invite more frivolous lawsuits and not only against GGW.

  • YOU CAN’T BE SERIOUS?!?!

    Did not a single person read past the headline of the article other than Joanna and Marc?! She worked at the bar and one of the GGW people pulled her top down without her consent. Not only is that fucking disgusting, it’s molestation. That person could have been charged with a felony if that were the road she would have taken. Don’t read a headline and just assume what happened; make yourself educated, and then give your opinion on the topic.

  • http://GirlsGoneWild Bobby

    SHE LOVE IT SHE IS WANTING MONEY

  • andre

    There is no titties in the world worth 5.8 million

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