"She should keep in mind, it's considerably more than the Governor of New York paid her, and our activities aren't illegal," the New York Daily quoted Francis, the producer of the series, as saying. Francis said Ashley Alexandra Dupre has 'zero' chance of winning her lawsuit, adding that his offer was not a ploy to get her to drop the suit.
Instead, Francis said he's offering the aspiring songstress 1 million dollars to host and to promote various Girls Gone Wild events. Dupre sued Spitzer in March for allegedly getting her drunk and "tricking" her into disrobing for the camera during a 2003 vacation in Florida and then using the footage in a video series without her permission.
"It is incomprehensible that Dupre could claim she did not give her consent to be filmed by 'Girls Gone Wild,' when in fact we have videotape of her giving consent, while showing her identification," Francis said. "She's seeking 10 million dollars for topless photos taken in front of a room full of people, including... multiple crews we had in the room. These images were taken in public places and contain no sexual contact," Francis added.
The Girls Gone Wild franchise, created by Joseph R. Francis, is a series by the production company Mantra Films, Inc. Girls Gone Wild videos usually involve a camera crew patrolling a party-heavy area frequented by young adults in search of attractive young women who agree to expose their bodies for the camera, usually in exchange for a tank top and sometimes short pants.
This involves exposure of breasts and/or buttocks and genitals, sometimes further removal of clothing, and sometimes the camera crew following a group of girls back to a hotel or other location and taping them engaging in additional sexual activities/intercourse.