The head of the "Girls Gone Wild" DVD distributor in Australia was charged with vehicular manslaughter in a fatal hit-and-run crash in West Hollywood, Calif., the Associated Press reported Friday.

Ryan Bowman, 43, was allegedly driving his Bentley early Thursday morning when his car struck and killed 21-year-old Lauren Ann Freeman, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which added that it believes alcohol was involved. Bowman, who fled the scene, later turned himself in to West Hollywood authorities.

Bowman runs Zeal Entertainment, the Australian distributor of the "Girls Gone Wild" DVDs. A year ago, a federal judge sentenced "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis to 301 days of jail time, which he'd already served, and a year of probation after he pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns and bribing jail workers, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Bowman's bail was initially set at $100,000, but the Sheriff's Department told the Associated Press that the bail was later raised to $2 million.


Increase your money and finance knowledge from home

What is Inflation?

Why do prices go up?

View Course »

How Financial Planners go Grocery Shopping

Learn to shop smart and save.

View Course »

Add a Comment

*0 / 3000 Character Maximum

1 Comment

Filter by:
grapost

What the hell does the fact he was a distibutor of the Girls Gone Wild videos have to do with this? This is how the media SLANDERS occupations, employers and PEOPLE!..........It's always, Ex-Cop, Former Postal Worker, One Time Day Care Worker, Former Banking Executive, etc............................................... WHY DOES THE MEDIA ALWAYS HAVE TO INCLUDE A PERSONS OCCUPATION or FORMER POSITION when reporting a crime! It has nothing to do with it! All it does is add a STIGMA to that occupation!................................................................. At one time it was common for the media to report the RACE of all criminal suspects in new articles. After many years of protests it has finally BEEN STOPPED! Notice you never read or here news stories where an Italian man robbed a bank, or a Jewish woman was caught embezzling money, or a Puerto Rican man died in a knife fight. However, it used to be a common thing........................... It's about time this associating criminals with their occupation be ened too!

November 13 2010 at 1:06 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply