“Girls Gone Wild” Founder Joe Francis Convicted Of Assault

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Joe Francis guilty of 2011 assault

“Girls Gone Wild” mogul Joe Francis was found guilty Monday of misdemeanor counts of assault and false imprisonment stemming from an altercation with three women after a night out at a Hollywood club in 2011.

The jury convicted the 40-year-old with three counts of false imprisonment, one count of assault causing great bodily injury and one count of dissuading a witness following a two-week trial.

Joe Francis faces a maximum of five years in prison. A hearing to schedule his sentencing was set for Wednesday.

Francis met the three women when they were out celebrating a college graduation at the Supper Club in Hollywood on January 29, 2011. Francis reportedly took one of the ladies by the hand to his limo and the other women followed him thinking he was giving them a ride to their vehicle.

Prosecutors said Francis took the women to his home and a dispute broke out when he tried to separate one from the other two, with Francis grabbing one of the women by the hair and throat and slammed her head into the floor.

The district attorney declined to file felony charges in the case and referred it to the city attorney, who filed the misdemeanor charges.

Francis’ company, GGW Brands LLC, filed for bankruptcy in February after years of legal troubles, listing more than $16 million in disputed claims.

Joe Francis was sued by casino billionaire Steven Wynn for slander for saying that Wynn had plotted to have him killed over a gambling debt from one of his casinos.

Last year, a Missouri stay-at-home mom Tamara Favazza received a $5.77 million judgement after “Girls Gone Wild” used video of her breasts in 2004 without her permission.

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