Rapper/actor Snoop Dogg is being sued by two Louisiana women who say they were offered drugs during Mardi Gras 2002 to flash their breasts for pictures that later appeared on a cover of the video seri
Rapper/actor Snoop Dogg is being sued by two Louisiana women who say they were offered drugs during Mardi Gras 2002 to flash their breasts for pictures that later appeared on a cover of the video series "Girls Gone Wild."
The suit by Jaime Capdeboscq, who was 17 at the time of the alleged incident, and Whitni Candiotto, who was 18, also names Joseph R. Francis, the owner of Mantra Films Inc., which has produced the series of mail-order videos that feature nudity and sexual activity.
On April 2, Francis was arrested during spring break at Panama City, Fla., where videos were being filmed. He faces 22 charges including racketeering, procuring minors for sexual acts, filming minors engaged in sexual performances and conspiracy. Mantra Films has disputed the charges, contending crews always ask young women their age and film only those who say they are 18 or older.
In the unrelated Louisiana suit, Capdeboscq and Candiotto claim that Francis broke a promise that the picture would not be used in connection with a video. However, when the video -- known as "Girls Gone Wild Doggy Style" -- came out, the women found their pictures on the cover, the suit alleges.
Attorneys for Francis and Snoop Dogg -- whose real name is Calvin Broadus and who was host of the video -- have both denied the allegations in court filings, saying that any pictures taken were with voluntary consent. They also say a sign was posted in the video shooting area that said: "By entering, you consent to the use of such film and your image in a commercial film product."
The women are asking for unspecified amount of money in the suit, originally filed in February in Louisiana state court in Tangipahoa Parish where the two women lived, but later transferred to federal court in New Orleans.
The pictures were taken during a party for Snoop Dogg at a New Orleans hotel, said plaintiff attorney Ron Macaluso. Macaluso said his clients were offered, but did not accept, drugs.
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