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"Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis wins in court, say reports

Joe Francis arrives at the JT-TV launch party in Los Angeles on Feb. 9, 2007. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
AP Photo/Matt Sayles
"Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis wins in court, say reports
Joe Francis
AP Photo/Matt Sayles

(CBS) - "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis has won a civil court case in Florida filed against him by four women who claimed Francis had caused them lasting psychological harm when he filmed them flashing their breasts for his video series, according to reports.

The jury, comprised of eight women, apparently disagreed with the plaintiffs, reports the Panama City News Herald.

The women who filed the suit are now in their twenties, but were underage when they were filmed, reports the paper. One reportedly said she was just 13-years-old.

"I'm just happy it's over. This thing has dragged on long enough," Francis said following the verdict, according to the paper.

In March, Judge Richard Smoak ruled Francis, who represented himself for part of the trial, was in contempt for violating an evidentiary rule during cross examination of a witness. Francis was fined $2,500.