The tape was for the ”Girls Gone Wild” series, but now the girls have gone litigious. Court papers posted at The Smoking Gun allege that Snoop Dogg, host of the series’ installment ”Girls Gone Wild Doggy Style,” enticed two underage girls to flash the camera by plying them with illegal drugs. The two young Louisiana women have filed suit in federal court against Snoop and ”Girls” creator Joe Francis for unauthorized use of their images.
The allegations against Snoop were raised during an ongoing investigation of Francis. In April, according to the Associated Press, police arrested Francis while he was in Panama City, Fla., filming new footage for the popular peep-show video series during spring break festivities. (His mugshot and arrest warrant are also posted at The Smoking Gun.) Police said that he paid several underage girls to perform sex acts with him and with each other on camera. Prosecutors charged him with 22 criminal counts; his attorney, Daniel Petrocelli, has denied the charges and said that all the subjects told the ”Girls” crew they were over 18.
As part of the Francis prosecution, Bay County, Fla., sheriff’s investigator Faith Bell filed an affidavit making similar allegations against him regarding other ”Girls” film shoots, including the production of ”Doggy Style” during Mardi Gras in New Orleans in 2002. Bell swore in her statement that Francis and ”Calvin Broadus, a/k/a Snoop Doggy Dogg, did solicit, lure, entice, and pressure, through the use of their celebrity status and through offers of such illegal narcotics as marijuana and ‘ecstasy,’ [the two Louisiana plaintiffs], with knowledge of the true age of both [young women], to disrobe and expose their breasts for the purpose of use in a ‘Girls Gone Wild’ film or production.”
Bell stated that both girls were under 18, though The Smoking Gun says that one was 17 and the other was 18. In response to their suit against Snoop and Francis, The Smoking Gun reports, Snoop recently filed a statement contending that the plaintiffs voluntarily flashed the camera and ”voluntarily consumed alcohol and other intoxicants” during the shoot. At press time, Snoop’s spokesperson had not return EW.com’s calls seeking comment.