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Bulgarian 'Pizza Babes' go to court amid fears of nude video

Bulgarians Vanya Samokovareva, 22, left, and Ralitsa Dzhambazova, 23, are seeking to block distribution of any videotapes shot by hidden cameras in their apartment. “That is our big fear,” Dzhambazova said Thursday.

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Bulgarians Vanya Samokovareva, 22, left, and Ralitsa Dzhambazova, 23, are seeking to block distribution of any videotapes shot by hidden cameras in their apartment. “That is our big fear,” Dzhambazova said Thursday.

TAMPA — When the Bulgarian women found hidden cameras in their apartment, they just wanted to go home.

"If this is America, I don't want to be here," Vanya Samokovareva says she thought.

But after reporting the cameras to sheriff's deputies, they stayed in the subleased Westchase-area apartment and stuck with their Sept. 28 return flight.

That's because they want to stop any distribution of videos taken by the secret cameras, if any such tapes really exist.

They want to make sure their landlord doesn't post naked videos of them online.

Deputies have no answers to that question, sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said.

That hasn't stopped the attorney for Samokovareva, 22, and Ralitsa Dzhambazova, 23, from filing for an injunction this week to stop to any display or duplication of such videos. A judge has yet to rule on the request.

"That is our big fear," Dzhambazova said Thursday.

They're also suing from landlord Nadir Punjani, who goes by Raj Armani, for invasion of privacy, negligence, breach of contract and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Punjani contacted the women on Skype and Facebook and knew they were "young attractive females" when he agreed to hire them at his restaurant, the Bollywood Cafe, the lawsuit states.

The women think he had the plan in mind from the beginning

"I'm feeling like somebody used me," Dzhambazova said.

As the lawsuit winds its way through court, the women may have to return to Florida for depositions or a trial. Then there's the potential for criminal proceedings.

It's a hassle, they say, but they want the person responsible for the cameras to go to jail.

However, that might be a difficult case to make under current laws. Unless investigators can prove the video was reproduced or distributed, the charge would likely be misdemeanor voyeurism, said the women's attorney, Mark Wright.

Bulgarian 'Pizza Babes' go to court amid fears of nude video 09/08/11 [Last modified: Thursday, September 8, 2011 10:59pm]
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