Panel: Girls in 'Wild' video to remain anonymous

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on February 1, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 1 at 12:06 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that two underage girls can keep their names under wraps in their lawsuit against "Girls Gone Wild" producer Joe Francis.

The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta also ruled Tuesday that the cases of two other underage girls who are part of the same lawsuit should be sent back to a federal judge for more consideration.

The girls were between the ages of 13 and 17 when the footage for the video series was shot. Their attorney told the court in October that disclosing their real names would forever brand them as "porn stars."

Media groups argued that while reporters may not necessarily publish the names of the girls, they deserve the right to exercise the journalistic discretion to do so.

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