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May 23, 2013 | Scott Collins
Joe Francis says it's his fault -- although he thinks the media is to blame, too. The founder of the soft-core "Girls Gone Wild" video empire apologized Thursday for an interview in which he claimed that the "retarded" jurors who recently convicted him of imprisoning three women should be shot by firing squad. "I deeply regret the remarks attributed to me in the interview with the Hollywood Reporter," Francis wrote in a statement. "They were hurtful and do not reflect my true feelings.
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August 28, 2013 | By Richard Winton
"Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis must complete a year of psychological counseling and anger management as part of a sentence for assault and falsely imprisoning three women. Francis was sentenced Tuesday to 270 days in jail and three years probation after his conviction on five charges stemming from a Jan. 29, 2011, incident. The judge handed down the sentence after denying Francis' lawyer's motion for a new trial. The judge told Francis the women "were very credible" and that he needed anger management for his "temper.
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May 23, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
"Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis has apologized for calling the jury that found him guilty "retarded. " Francis, who was recently found guilty of imprisoning three women in his home, issued an apology on the heels of an interview published by The Hollywood Reporter that quoted him as saying his jurors were "mentally ... retarded" and "should be euthanized. " "Only the stupidest of the stupidest people end up on juries, you know? I've never met a smart person who's done jury duty," he said in the article.  PHOTOS: Celebrity mug shots But now he's singing a different tune, apologizing to the jury, court, city attorney and his attorneys for the harsh comments and still maintaining his innocence.
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August 27, 2013 | By A Times Staff Writer and Fox 40
At least five structures have burned in a 7-alarm brush fire in the Northern California town of Fairfield. The fire broke out Tuesday afternoon near Interstate 80 and Marigold Drive, according to Fox 40. KCRA-TV reported two homes on Marigold were lost and others were threatened. The fire also led to the closure of two lanes along I-80 because of fire and smoke on the shoulder, according to the California Highway Patrol. Evacuations in the neighborhood were ongoing. Officials said the flames were being fanned by hot, dry winds.
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May 22, 2013 | By Scott Collins
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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August 28, 2013 | By Richard Winton
"Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis must complete a year of psychological counseling and anger management as part of a sentence for assault and falsely imprisoning three women. Francis was sentenced Tuesday to 270 days in jail and three years probation after his conviction on five charges stemming from a Jan. 29, 2011, incident. The judge handed down the sentence after denying Francis' lawyer's motion for a new trial. The judge told Francis the women "were very credible" and that he needed anger management for his "temper.
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August 27, 2013 | By Richard Winton
"Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis was sentenced Tuesday to 270 days in jail and three years' probation for an assault and false imprisonment of three women. Francis, 40, was released on bond and is expected to appeal the verdict, which followed a two-week trial in May. He blasted the verdict as coming from a jury that was "retarded" and should have been "euthanized. " As part of the sentence, he must also complete a year of psychological counseling. Francis was convicted of five charges -- three counts of false imprisonment, one of dissuading a witness from reporting and one of assault causing great bodily injury -- stemming from a Jan. 29, 2011, incident.
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August 27, 2013 | By Richard Winton
"Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis was sentenced Tuesday to 270 days in jail and three years' probation for an assault and false imprisonment of three women. As part of the sentence, he must complete a year of psychological counseling and an anger management course. Francis was convicted of five charges - three counts of false imprisonment, one of dissuading a witness from reporting and one of assault causing great bodily injury - stemming from a Jan. 29, 2011, incident. Judge Nancy L. Newman handed down the sentence after denying a motion by Francis' lawyer for a new trial based on allegations that one of the accusers lied during the trial and that the three women went willingly to the home and were never falsely imprisoned.
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September 12, 2012 | By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
In 2010, "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis first accused casino mogul Steve Wynn of threatening to kill him and bury him in the desert. That accusation, which Francis repeated publicly at least twice more, could end up costing him $40 million. A Los Angeles jury this week awarded Wynn that amount in his slander suit against Francis, an outcome Wynn lauded as a strike against an "unbelievably reckless human being. " "Thank God for the justice system that finally sent a message: If you think you're taking a cheap shot, it may be a lot more expensive than you had imagined," Wynn said Tuesday in a statement.
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August 6, 2006 | By Claire Hoffman
Joe Francis, the founder of the "Girls Gone Wild" empire, is humiliating me. He has my face pressed against the hood of a car, my arms twisted hard behind my back. He's pushing himself against me, shouting: "This is what they did to me in Panama City!" It's after 3 a.m. and we're in a parking lot on the outskirts of Chicago. Electronic music is buzzing from the nightclub across the street, mixing easily with the laughter of the guys who are watching this, this me-pinned-and-helpless thing.
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August 27, 2013 | By Richard Winton
"Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis was sentenced Tuesday to 270 days in jail and three years' probation for an assault and false imprisonment of three women. Francis, 40, was released on bond and is expected to appeal the verdict, which followed a two-week trial in May. He blasted the verdict as coming from a jury that was "retarded" and should have been "euthanized. " As part of the sentence, he must also complete a year of psychological counseling. Francis was convicted of five charges -- three counts of false imprisonment, one of dissuading a witness from reporting and one of assault causing great bodily injury -- stemming from a Jan. 29, 2011, incident.
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August 27, 2013 | By Richard Winton
"Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis was sentenced Tuesday to 270 days in jail and three years' probation for an assault and false imprisonment of three women. As part of the sentence, he must complete a year of psychological counseling and an anger management course. Francis was convicted of five charges - three counts of false imprisonment, one of dissuading a witness from reporting and one of assault causing great bodily injury - stemming from a Jan. 29, 2011, incident. Judge Nancy L. Newman handed down the sentence after denying a motion by Francis' lawyer for a new trial based on allegations that one of the accusers lied during the trial and that the three women went willingly to the home and were never falsely imprisoned.
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May 23, 2013 | By Kate Mather
"Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis has apologized for saying the Los Angeles jury that convicted him this month "should all be lined up and shot. " In a 259-word statement issued early Thursday, Francis said his comments to the Hollywood Reporter "were hurtful and do not reflect my true feelings. " "I am truly, truly sorry," he said. "I hope everyone will understand I was not being serious and that I fully and deeply apologize for my remarks. " As Show Tracker reported Wednesday, the 40-year-old criticized the jurors who found him guilty of imprisoning three women at his Bel-Air home.
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May 23, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
"Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis has apologized for calling the jury that found him guilty "retarded. " Francis, who was recently found guilty of imprisoning three women in his home, issued an apology on the heels of an interview published by The Hollywood Reporter that quoted him as saying his jurors were "mentally ... retarded" and "should be euthanized. " "Only the stupidest of the stupidest people end up on juries, you know? I've never met a smart person who's done jury duty," he said in the article.  PHOTOS: Celebrity mug shots But now he's singing a different tune, apologizing to the jury, court, city attorney and his attorneys for the harsh comments and still maintaining his innocence.
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May 23, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
Two Palmdale parents were being questioned after an 8-year-old boy with injuries consistent with torture was found not breathing, sheriff's officials said Thursday. The L.A. County Sheriff's Department in Palmdale received a call about 11:50 p.m. Wednesday about the residence on the 200 block of East Avenue Q-10, Deputy John Cereoli said. The boy was taken to Children's Hospital Los Angeles, where he was in critical condition. His injuries included burn marks and ligature marks from restraint.
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May 23, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A state hospital police officers has been arrested by South Gate police on suspicion of molesting a 14-year-old girl, police said. Mario Estrada, 41, was taken into custody Tuesday after an investigation by the South Gate police found he had an "inappropriate relationship and illegal physical contact" with the girl, Police Capt. Darren Arakawa said. Arakawa said Estrada began molesting the girl earlier this year. Estrada is a police officer for the California Department of State Hospitals assigned to the Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk.
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