Today's News: Our Take - Girls Gone Wild Founder Joe Francis: The Jury That Convicted Me Should Be Euthanized
Just weeks after being convicted of assault, Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis is speaking out, bashing the court system, jurors, Steve Wynn, his critics' penis sizes and a whole lot more.
In 2011, three women accused Francis of refusing to let them leave his Hollywood home. One woman claimed Francis had attacked her, grabbing her by the throat and hair and slamming her head into his tile floor multiple times. Earlier this month, Francis was convicted of assault stemming from the incident. He was also convicted of three counts of false imprisonment and one count of dissuading a witness from reporting. He faces up to five years in prison.
"All I did was do a nice thing," he told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview at his home during which he admitted he was drunk. "It just proves that any celebrity in Hollywood should never give a ride home to any girls. I mean, there were 20 people in the after party. They [say they] got their head slammed on a tile floor and they were imprisoned here for hours. They said it was here on the tile floor. I don't see any tile right here. Now you've been here for hours. Have you been imprisoned?"
Regarding the jury, Francis said, "I want that jury to know that each and every one of you are mentally f---ing retarded and you should be euthanized because, as Darwin said, you have naturally selected yourself. And if that jury wants to convict me because I didn't show up, which is the only reason why they did, then, you know, they should all be lined up and shot!"
Since founding Girls Gone Wild in 1997, Francis, 40, has been convicted of record-keeping violations, tax evasion, filed for bankruptcy and has been sued for defamation by Las Vegas real estate mogul Steve Wynn. Francis now owes Wynn $20 million.
"Steve Wynn is a monster, piece-of-sh-- a-hole," Francis said. "He really is a piece of sh-t. By the way, I'm going to have his a--. He is a scoundrel."
Finally, of the people who have criticized him, Francis said, "Anybody who criticizes me, anybody who -- it's just a jealous guy. Everybody who says, 'Oh, Joe Francis is this' -- look at their penis and tell me if it's small. Tell me!" You can only imagine what he had to say about his own size.
Francis, who leaves for vacation in India, is due back in court on July 9 for sentencing.