• Girls Gone Wild Founder Joe Francis Criminal Charges


    LOS ANGELES (CNS) – “Girls Gone Wild’ founder Joe Francis was charged
    with misdemeanor false imprisonment stemming from a January run-in with three
    women after a college graduation party at a Hollywood club, the City Attorney’s
    Office announced today.
    Francis, 38, accompanied by an attorney, surrendered to Los Angeles
    police at the Pacific Station Monday evening. He was booked and released on
    $50,000 bail, with his arraignment scheduled for Sept. 16.
    He and his bodyguard/driver, Vagram Gegdzhyan, are accused of taking
    three women to one of Francis’ homes, where a fight broke out and Francis
    allegedly slammed one woman’s head against a tile floor, according to the City
    Attorney’s Office.
    Francis was charged with three counts of false imprisonment and single
    counts of dissuading a witness from reporting and assault causing great bodily
    injury. Gegdzhyan was charged with impersonation of a public officer with
    intimidation and fraudulently using a badge.
    According to prosecutors, Francis was at the supperclub nightclub in
    Hollywood on Jan. 29, and at the end of the night, he led a woman to his
    limousine. Two other women who apparently believed they were being taken to
    their cars also got in, prosecutors said.
    En route to Francis’ home, Gegdzhyan allegedly showed a sheriff’s badge
    and refused to let the women out of the limousine, according to Deputy City
    Attorney Mitchell Fox.
    At Francis’ gated home, a fight broke out, with Francis allegedly trying
    to drag one of the women away from the other two, grabbing her by the throat
    and hair and hitting her head on the floor, according to the City Attorney’s
    Office.
    The women were eventually escorted off the property and told that no one
    would call or pay for a taxi if they reported what happened to police, Fox
    said. But on the taxi ride back to their cars, at least one of the women called
    911 and made a police report.
    Francis is no stranger to trouble. Having amassed a fortune is his 20s,
    he was arrested in Florida in 2003 on a wide range of charges, including
    racketeering and drug trafficking. Most of those charges were eventually
    dropped, but Francis paid a $1.6 million fine.
    In 2009, he was ordered by a federal judge in Los Angeles to pay
    thousands of dollars in fines and restitution for filing false tax returns and
    bribing Nevada jail workers in exchange for food.

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