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Vegas Presses Charges in Hoax Over Paintball-Hunting for Naked Women

July 26, 2003|From Associated Press

LAS VEGAS — A promoter who offered to take men on "Hunting for Bambi" safaris in which they could hunt down naked young women with paintball guns admits that it was a hoax and now faces misdemeanor charges, the mayor said Friday.

Promoter Michael Burdick could get six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for operating without a proper business license, Mayor Oscar Goodman said.

"I'll do everything I can to see this man is punished for trying to embarrass Las Vegas," Goodman said.

Burdick called the misdemeanor summons a waste of taxpayer money.

"I have a license; it's hanging on my wall," Burdick told Associated Press before cutting off questions.

Burdick found himself in the target of women's groups after he told a Las Vegas TV station that he was selling reservations to men willing to pay $5,000 to $10,000 to hunt down naked women in the desert.

Las Vegas officials investigated and said Burdick admitted that the safaris were just a hoax intended to promote the "Hunting for Bambi" videos that Burdick sells. The videos are marketed as depicting nude women being hunted by men who have paid for the privilege.

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