Tuesday, April 29, 2008
What do you get when you cross Ashley Alexandra Dupre, the woman with whom former New York Governor Elliot Spitzer allegedly had some very expensive private encounters, with the Girls Gone Wild franchise?
a. A law suit.
b. A perfect storm for the blogarazzi.
c. A much-visited post on this blog.
d. All of the above.
If you guessed d, you may be right. Time will tell if c is a winner.
In any case, Comcast.net news reports that Ms. Dupre is seeking $10 million in damages from Girls Gone Wild and the mastermind behind it, Joe Francis, pictured above. The ever-enterprising Mr. Francis reportedly offered Ms. Dupre $1 million to appear in one of his videos but then rescinded the offer when he learned that he already had footage of the pre-Spitzer Ms. Dupre. Francis claims that Dupre spent a week on a Girls Gone Wild bus and made seven Girls Gone Wild videos. The eleemosynary urge is strong in Mr. Francis: after their collaboration was at an end, he even bought her a bus ticket so that she could return to North Carolina.
Ms. Dupre's attorney contends that she was only 17 (and also drunk FWIW) when she signed releases permitting Mr. Francis to film her. Her lawsuit thus challenges the validity of the releases and claims that defendants exploited her image without meaningful consent in order to promote their soft-porn products.