Joe Francis convicted of assault and false imprisonment
"Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis was found guilty of one count of assault, three counts of false imprisonment and one count of "dissuading a witness from reporting" in Los Angeles on Monday, E! News reports. The verdicts arrived after a two-week trial in which Francis, 40, was accused of misleading a group of female friends to believe they were getting a ride to their car in his limo from a club in Hollywood one night in 2011. Instead, the limo went to Francis' home, where he allegedly tried to pull one woman away from her friends, causing a physical altercation in which he is said to have grabbed another woman's throat and hair and bashed her head into the floor multiple times. The women called police immediately, despite allegedly being warned by Francis not to report the incident.
"I have done NOTHING wrong! This is a total joke! It did not happen and that mentally challenged jury should be put in jail!" Francis told E! News in a statement. The soft-core porn entrepreneur, who has previously been convicted of charges including tax evasion, slander and bribery, faces up to five years in prison.