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Girls Gone Wild Verdict: Tamara Favazza shamed by family for dancing topless

The woman who sued the Girls Gone Wild video franchise for more than $5 million said the incident during which she was filmed topless hurt her marriage and caused her to be shunned by her family, insiders said Sunday, April 29.

Tamara Favazza, danced for Girls Gone Wild cameras at a St. Louis bar in 2005 for the “Sorority Girl Orgy 2” DVD segment. The clip was shot at a club called Rum Jungle.

Favazza claims she was just dancing when a worker for Joe Francis' Girls Gone Wild company approached her and lifted her shirt, exposing her nipples.

Like other Girls Gone Wild DVDs, “Sorority Girls Orgy 2” sold millions of copies. Favazza says she had no idea she was in the DVD until her husband, through a friend, learned of the video.

In the scene, Favazza can be seen jiggling her breasts and dancing with other girls who appeared content with the presence of cameras. While she appears to be showcasing her breasts, Favazza does not expose her chest.

However, she quickly pulls down her skimpy tank top after a female producer grabs it and yanks it up.

Several signs were posted in the Rum Jungle during the shoot, alerting patrons and dancers that a Girls Gone Wild video was being shot. The existence of the signs, Girls Gone Wild attorneys argued, represented an implied consent on the part of Tamara Favazza, then 20.

After her husband learned of the scene, Favazza's three-month marriage began showing signs of tension, her 2008 complaint against Mantra Films Inc., and MRA Holdings LLC, said.

Members of Favazza's conservative Catholic family started to shun her as an outcast.

“She was damaged very deeply,” an insider said Sunday. “It was almost like Tamara was a woman scorned to the people she loved the most.”

In 2010, a judge sided with Girls Gone Wild, stating Favazza gave implied consent to appear nude by jiggling her breasts in front of cameras. Three months later, Judge John J. Riley, however, ordered a new trial, ruling that the verdict didn't reflect all the evidence in the case.

Riley noted that Favazza can be seen mouthing the word “no” after the producer yanked her top up. This, Riley ruled, made Favazza an unwilling participant in the nude scene.

March 2012, Favazza was awarded $5.77 million in damages.

However, Girls Gone Wild appealed the verdict Wednesday, April 25, and is asking the court to vacate the judgement.

“Tamara just wants to move on,” the insider said. “It's not like Girls Gone Wild can't afford to pay for their mistakes! The company is a pornographic empire.”

Girls Gone Wild was founded in 1997 by Joe Francis. Since the debute video, Girls Gone Wild, the company has generated more than $40 million in annual revenue. Francis has also been the subject of a number of lawsuits.

In 2006, Francis was ordered to pay a $2.1 million in fines for failing to document ages of girls who appeared in several of his videos. Francis also pleaded no contest to prostitution and child abuse charges in 2008.

As of this report, Tamara Favazza was still married and a stay-at-home mom.

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