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'Girls Gone Wild' founder Joe Francis lashes out at jurors

May 22, 2013|By Scott Collins
  • Joe Francis, creator of the "Girls Gone Wild" franchise, has said jurors in his false-imprisonment trial should be shot.
Joe Francis, creator of the "Girls Gone Wild" franchise, has… (Chris Pizzello / Associated…)

Digging deeper in his never-ending war on everyone, Joe Francis has now suggested that the jurors in his recent trial be shot by firing squad.

The founder of the soft-porn "Girls Gone Wild" video empire was found guilty this month of imprisoning three women at his Bel-Air home. Francis did not like the verdict, as became clear in a just-published interview with the Hollywood Reporter.

"If that jury wants to convict me because I didn't show up [to court], which is the only reason why they did, then, you know, they should all be lined up and shot," Francis told the Reporter.

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Not that Francis would miss any of them, because he holds a generally low opinion of jurors.

"Only the stupidest of the stupidest people end up on juries, you know?" he added.

Pressing on in his charm offensive, the video magnate then invited his girlfriend to affirm the generous size of his penis for the reporter.

Francis, 40, has become a one-man wrecking crew of lawsuits and rap sheets. In 2009, he pleaded guilty to bribery and filing a false tax return.

Last year, Las Vegas mogul Steve Wynn won a multimillion-dollar defamation case after Francis claimed he had proof that Wynn cheated "high-end customers."

A legendary 2006 Los Angeles Times profile began with Francis slamming the female reporter against a car and twisting her arm behind her back.

Francis may have spoken up a bit too soon this time; his sentencing in the false-imprisonment case is set for July 9.

What do you think of his latest antics?

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