ATLANTA (AP) - The federal appeals court in Atlanta says a woman
who took part in sexually explicit contests at a Daytona Beach,
Fla., hotel two months shy of her 18th birthday cannot sue over
Internet images of her, even though she was a minor.
According to court documents, Julie Amanda Tilton participated
in two wet T-shirt contests observed by 300 to 400 people, many
with video cameras, at The Desert Inn during spring break in March
A federal judge rejected Tilton's claim she was a sexually
exploited minor, saying she failed to prove the photos harmed her.
A three-judge panel upheld that ruling Thursday but reversed denial
of attorney fees to Tilton from a photographer.