Girls Gone Wild Creator Found Guilty of Falsely Imprisoning Women

By: Gawker Email
By: Gawker Email

(Gawker) - Joe Francis, founder of the now-bankrupt Girls Gone Wild franchise, was convicted yesterday of falsely imprisoning three women and severely assaulting at least one of them back in 2011.

According to the L.A. City Attorney, Francis picked up three women outside the Supperclub in Hollywood and brought them back to his home under false pretenses.

He then refused to let them leave, and got extremely physical with one of the women.

The City Attorney says Francis "grabbed one of the women by the throat and hair and slammed her head into the tile floor four times."

He then finally allowed them to go back to their car, but not before warning them not to call the authorities, which is exactly what they did.

Francis now faces up to five years in prison after being found guilty of false imprisonment (3 counts), assault causing great bodily injury (one count), and dissuading a witness from reporting (one count).

Sentencing will take place tomorrow, May 8th.

Though this is the first time Francis has been found guilty of assaulting a woman, it is not the first time he has been accused of it. From The Hollywood Reporter:

Last year, police said a car collision with a woman in Beverly Hills turned into a physical confrontation, while Playboy model JaydeNicole previously accused him of physical assault, also at a Hollywood nightclub.


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