Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Girls Gone Wild Founder Charged with Assault

It is the latest in a series of legal troubles for entrepreneur Joe Francis, of the Girls Gone Wild franchise. Francis and his bodyguard face several charges, including false imprisonment, assault, and dissuading victims from reporting a crime.
The charges relate to an incident that the victims allege occurred in January this year. Francis and his bodyguard met with three women at a popular night spot, and told them that he they would drop them back to their cars. However, the women allege that instead of taking them back to their cars, Francis and his bodyguard drove them to Francis' home.

The women claim that while they were on their way to Francis’ residence, the bodyguard flashed a sheriff's badge, and prevented them from leaving the car. This quickly resulted in a fight between the women and the bodyguard. In the melee, one woman fell on the ground, and struck her head on a tile. According to the victims, they were then threatened against going to the police to report the incident. The bodyguard has been charged with impersonating a police officer and unlawful imprisonment.

This isn't the first time Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers have heard of Joe Francis’ trouble with the law. In 2003, he was arrested and charged with a number of crimes, including drug trafficking and racketeering. The charges were dropped after he agreed to pay a $1.6 million fine. In April this year, a Florida jury ruled for him, when it decided against awarding damages in a lawsuit by two women who claimed psychological damage. The women had claimed that they had been filmed topless on camera when they were below eighteen years of age and on spring break.

Unfortunately, Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers often notice that people like Joe Francis are more likely to face hostile jurors because of the nature of their business.

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