Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis has been cleared of allegations he caused emotional distress to four women by filming them for his videos while they were underage.

The four plaintiffs, who are now adults, filed suit against Francis back in 2008, claiming they were all under 18 when they appeared in one of the moviemaker's saucy films. They alleged they had been ridiculed and force to leave school after the Spring Break in Panama City Beach video was released.

The case went to trial in Panama and after eight days of hearings, an all-female jury returned a not guilty verdict on Thursday (07Apr11) and declined to award the women any damages, according to the state's News Herald publication.

Speaking after the case concluded, Francis, said, "I'm feeling fantastic. I'm just happy it's over. This thing has dragged on long enough." (LR/WNWC/ZN)

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