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Girls Gone Wild Uses “She Was Asking For It” Defense, Wins

07.24.10

In the latest legal woes for Joe Francis and his “Girls Gone Wild” pornglomerate franchise, he’s actually gotten off scot-free.

There’s been quite the backlash for the St. Louis, MO jury that ruled against a 26-year-old woman – known only as Jane Doe – who was filmed topless at a bar back in 2004.  I have not seen the video, but apparently Doe can be heard saying “no, no” when asked if she would take off her top; she only bares her breasts when someone comes up from behind her and pulls down her top.  The jury argued that she gave implicit consent by being in the bar during the taping.

Jury foreman Patrick O’Brien:

“Through her actions, she gave implied consent. She was really playing to the camera. She knew what she was doing.”

Perverts, gropers, and rapists around the country rejoice!  All you have to do to get away with what would normally find you arrested for sexual harassment, sexual assault, or even attempted rape — all kinds of stigmatized offenses that could haunt you forever  — is to just bring a camcorder with you.  Yeah, that seems fair.

Looks like the whole “she was asking for it” defense still works after all.  Unreal.

(H/T Jezebel)

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3 comments

  1. “Jane Doe” walks into said bar with advertisements for GGW all over. I feel like this gives permission to have video taken of you. I’m not sure what “Jane Doe’s” legal issue is with GGW. Did a GGW employee disrobe her? If that is the case I understand and sympathize with her. If that is not the case, it seems like it would open the door to anyone at a sporting event saying they did not give permission to be taped and therefore it cannot be shown on T.V.


    • From what I understand, the issue was Doe being filmed topless, for which she claims she never gave consent. Being videotaped while dancing drunk at a bar definitely may have been a lapse of judgment, but it doesn’t give authorization to having a man pull down your top despite you saying “no, no.”

      And even if it wasn’t a GGW employee who disrobed her, she became topless against her will and never gave expressed consent to allow GGW to film her half nude. Had she lifted up her shirt on her own, there wouldn’t be a case. But that’s not how it transpired.


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