Girls Gone Wild Founder Fined $5,000 Daily

by San Antonio Attorney

A federal judge has penalized the founder of Girls Gone Wild with $5,000 daily until he gives back the two luxury cars owned by the porn business, which was sold out of bankruptcy just recently.

Judge Sandra Klein did not accept Joe Francis’ explanation on why he has not given back the 2012 Bentley Flying Spur or 2007 Cadillac Escalade. The fines will start on Friday.

In court papers filed, Francis stated that they were taken by a Mexican strip club owner, who was angry because some Girls Gone Wild promotions flopped.

Francis is contesting the sanctions. His lawyer wrote in an email that the decision of the court is beyond the scope of appropriate civil contempt sanctions.

Judge Klein scheduled a hearing on July 31 to find out whether the vehicles have been returned. If not, he is going to issue more sanctions including warrants of arrest for Francis.

Bankruptcy attorneys also got permission to bill Francis for the pricey legal problem he created by going to the Girls Gone Wild’s old Los Angeles office two times in May.

Last year, Judge Klein prohibited Francis from going to the company headquarters after he allegedly made threats to some staff. But on the 9th of May, as employees were getting ready to relocate following the brand’s sale, he went to the office. It was locked and he left after finding out that the police were coming.

But he came back on the 16th of May, and that is when attorneys said that he made threats to a security guard, cursed at an executive of the brand’s new owner and yelled at employees.

The Girls Gone Wild brand filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February 2013. The case was filed to prevent Steve Wynn’s resort company in Las Vegas from seizing   Girls Gone Wild’s assets as payments for Francis’ gambling debt.

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