Joe Francis, the creator of Girls Gone Wild, has been found guilty in the 2011 assault case.
Prior to these charges, Steve Wynn of the Las Vegas Wynn hotel filed a defamation suit against Francis for $21 million. Since 2008, Francis’ behavior has been very outrageous in interviews with the media and has resulted in numerous legal and social battles.
The L.A. City Attorney just made the announcement … Francis was convicted on five charges total, including assault, three counts of false imprisonment, and one count of dissuading a witness from reporting.
Francis was charged back in 2011 after three women accused him of taking them to his Hollywood home — following a night out — and refusing to let them leave. He was also accused of attacking one of the women, choke-slamming her head into his tile floor.
Francis faces up to 5 years in jail. A sentencing scheduling hearing is set for this week. - via TMZ.
His actions in 2011 parallel Phil Spector’s 2003 murder of Lana Clarkson. Spector lured Clarkson to his Hollywood mansion and killed her because Clarkson wanted to leave and denied his romantic advances. Both Francis and Spector believe they’re powerful men yet have to use force in order to demonstrate this power. Luckily, in the Francis case, two other women were present when Francis assaulted one of the women.
Francis is no stranger to getting women to do what he wants and in fact his living is built on this. Girls Gone Wild persuades women to flash their chests and act promiscuously on camera, but only if a waiver is signed granting permission to film. Hopefully, this conviction impedes Francis’ dangerous behavior.