Originally created 01/24/02

Woman who bared breasts at Mardi Gras sues video makers



NEW ORLEANS -- A woman who bared her breasts at Mardi Gras and got worldwide exposure has sued the producers of the "Girls Gone Wild" videos, claiming they invaded her privacy and used her image without permission.

Becky Lynn Gritzke, a Florida State University business major, admits in her lawsuit that she was among the women who removed their tops at Mardi Gras last year in exchange for beads and trinkets.

A month later, Gritzke said, she was surprised to find out that she not only appeared in the video series featuring women baring their bodies, but was also seen in the TV ad and Web site.

Gritzke is seeking unspecified damages.

Ronald E. Guttman, an attorney for MRA Holdings LLC, the video's producers, said there is no privacy protection for people who take their clothes off in public, especially at a big public event where many people have cameras.

Guttman has asked a Florida court to dismiss the lawsuit, which was filed in September.