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'Girls Gone Wild' Creator Faces 5 Years of Prison After Slamming Woman's Head Into Floor

Joe Francis, the creator of "Girls Gone Wild," was found guilty of assault in Los Angeles.
 
 
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Joe Francis attending the second issue release of "Girls Gone Wild Magazine" Party at Les Deux, Hollywood, June 4, 2008.
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The creator of the popular “Girls Gone Wild” series--a series known for objectifying women--has been convicted of assaulting a woman. The L.A. Weekly reports that Joe Francis was found guilty on charges of false imprisonment, dissuading a witness from reporting her story to the police and assault. He faces up to five years in prison.

According to prosecutors, the 40-year-old creator of “Girls Gone Wild” invited three women to get into his limousine. The women thought they were getting a free ride to a parked car nearby. But Francis took them to his residence.

Once there, he refused to let them leave and “grabbed one of the women by the throat and hair and slammed her head into the tile floor four times,” according to city attorney Carment Trutanich. After the altercation, he escorted the three women out of his house and threatened them, telling the women they should not call the police. They did anyway.

“Whether a celebrity or not, you will be held accountable for your misdeeds,” said Trutanich, according to the L.A. Weekly. “The victims in this case should be commended for their courage in stepping forward and reporting these attacks, and for not being intimidated from seeing this matter through the justice system.”

Francis has been accused in the past of hitting women. The Hollywood Reporter notes that “last year, police said a car collision with a woman in Beverly Hills turned into a physical confrontation, while Playboy model Jayde Nicole previously accused him of physical assault, also at a Hollywood nightclub.”

 

Alex Kane is former World editor at AlterNet. His work has appeared in Mondoweiss, Salon, VICE, the Los Angeles Review of Books and more. Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.

 
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