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Complaint Review: Girls Gone Wild

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  • Submitted: Thu, August 28, 2003
  • Updated: Thu, August 28, 2003

  • Reported By:Elkhart Indiana
Girls Gone Wild
Sylmar, CA P.O. Box 150, Hollywood,, California U.S.A.

Girls Gone Wild ....ripoff with it's uhhhh...mammary in the wringer, eh? Hollywood, California
FOX 6 investigative reporter John Mattes first broke the story how Girls Gone Wild was marketing videos for only $9.99 consumers found the company tacking on huge fees. Thousands of consumers called it a rip-off on ripoffreport. After our story aired an attorney sued calling it deceptive advertising. Video part 1 Video part 2

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Through the months I've noticed numerous complaints of non-delivery and/or unsolicited billing on the "Girls Gone Wild". I ran across an article some of those who have been burned may take interest:
"More Than 100 Warrants Served Against 'Girls Gone Wild' Crew -WHATDAYISIT? EDITION-
PANAMA CITY, FLA-- More than 100 criminal warrants have been served against three companies, the creator of the "Girls Gone Wild" video series and a camera operator stemming from a film crew's spring break visit to the Florida Panhandle.

Producer Joe Francis, 30, of Las Vegas, voluntarily appeared Thursday to be processed on 22 charges stemming from his arrest on April 2 with three employees. They were arrested at nearby Panama City Beach, one of the nation's leading spring break destinations, where they were filming videos.

The mail-order videos feature nudity and sexual activity. The charges include racketeering, procuring minors for sexual acts, filming minors engaged in sexual performances, and conspiracy to commit those offenses.

Francis also is facing drug and lewdness charges. A camera operator, Mark D. Schmitz, 26, also is facing similar charges. Both are free on bond.

Also charged are Francis' company, Mantra Films Inc., Aero Falcons LLC and MRA Holding LLC. The companies each face about 20 charges.

Mantra has disputed the charges, contending crews always ask young women their age and film only those who say they are 18 or older.

The charges are based largely on about 175 hours of tapes Bay County sheriff's deputies seized during a raid at a condominium rented by the "Girls Gone Wild" staff.

State Attorney Jim Appleman said only about half the footage has been viewed so far and it could take three more weeks to complete the investigation. He said more charges could be filed. The challenge for investigators is to identify females on the videos and verify their ages, he said.

They have been doing that by determining when the footage was taken, figuring which colleges were on spring break then and contacting the schools, Appleman said.

Circuit Judge Dedee Costello signed an order Wednesday returning a business jet owned by Aero Falcons and leased to Mantra that deputies seized April 2.

The investigation began after a 16-year-old girl told her parents that she and four friends had been videotaped performing sexual acts at a hotel. Deputies said they searched six rooms and found pornographic footage of five local girls, all 16 or 17 years old.

Courtesy of:
Local6.com

Adolph
South Bend, Indiana
U.S.A.

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