A woman who danced for cameras in a Girls Gone Wild DVD won a $5.77 lawsuit against the pornographic video company after she claimed she never wanted to expose her breasts.
Tamara Favazza said she was just having fun and showing off at the Rum Jungle club in St Louis, Missouri, when a contract worker for Girls Gone Wild lifted her tank top, revealing her nipples.
The 2004 incident, which happened when she was a 20-year-old college student, appeared in a DVD called 'Sorority Girl Orgy 2.' Favazza, now a married stay-at-home mom, says her appearance in the video has hurt her marriage and caused some members of her 'very Catholic, conservative family' to shun her.
She said she never expected the footage to appear in a DVD and only learned of it three months after her marriage when her new husband's friend spotted the scene. That's when she decided to sue, the St Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Judge John Garvey ruled against Girls Gone Wild -- which has built a multimillion-dollar empire marketing videos of young women exposing themselves at bars and in public -- in March and awarded $1.5 million in punitive damages, plus money accounting for past, current and future DVD sales.
In 2010, a jury sided with Girls Gone Wild and found that Favazza had given 'implied' consent to expose her breasts by dancing in front of the camera.
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Signs were posted at the bar saying camera crews for the company were shooting there. Film executives also claimed Favazza voluntarily danced for cameras.
It was only after she jiggled her breasts and pulled down her top a little that the contractor, a woman who was traveling with the Girls Gone Wild crew, pulled up her tank top and exposed her nipples, the company says.
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As Favazza's tank top is pulled up, she is seen mouthing the word 'no.'
Moments later, she turns to her friends and laughs.
However, Favazza says she doesn't find her 15 seconds of fame the least bit funny.
'I was having fun until my top was pulled off. And now this thing is out there for the world to see forever,' she told the Post-Dispatch in 2010.
Favazza was given a re-trial after a judge found the jury ruled against the 'preponderance of evidence.' Judge Garvey said the signs in the bar did not amount to 'implied consent' for Favazza having her top fulled down.
The attorney for Mantra Films Inc. and MRA Holding LLC, the companies that own Girls Gone Wild, did not appear in court to defend against the bench trial.
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