Ex-Girls Gone Wild owner gets 270 days in prison

by jovan1984

LOS ANGELES — The former owner of Girls Gone Wild is going to jail.

Judge Nancy Newman gaveled Joe Francis to 270 days of jail, with another 815 to be spent on probation upon his release from jail.

He has also been ordered to undergo anger management counseling.

Mr. Francis was convicted in May of keeping three women captive, and sexually assaulting one of them, on January 29, 2011 at a college graduation party at The Supper Club in Hollywood, Calif.

He grabbed the arm of one of the women and took her to his limo, and the two others followed, believing they’d be taken to their car. Instead, they ended up in a gated area of Mr. Francis’ suburban Bel Air home.

Mr. Francis appeared to gravitate towards one of the women and tried to lead her away, but one of her friends pulled back.

That is when Mr. Francis then “jumped on the friend, took her to the ground, choked her, slammed her head against the ground, dragged her across the ground, and when she got back up, did it several more times,” Fox said.

He then apparently shouted at the women they were trespassing and had to get out. The women said they were going to call the police, and Francis yelled to “go ahead and call the police,” the prosecutor said.

Mr. Francis told the women he “owns the police” and that officers wouldn’t arrest him.

Dozens of other lawsuits — including one pending in Atlanta, Ga. — have targeted Francis, who built a porn empire producing and marketing videos of young women exposing themselves on camera.

I truly hope that Girls Gone Wild come roaring back from bankruptcy within 270 days and the franchise’s current owners keep Mr. Francis out of the company he founded.

[Huffington Post Crime]