Joe Francis was ordered to pay a staggering $20 million after a jury sided with casino mogul Steve Wynn in his slander claims against the Girls Gone Wild kingpin.

Wynn filed suit in 2010 after Francis claimed the Las Vegas giant had threatened to have him killed, taken out to the desert and buried over a gambling debt.

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Joe Francis is accused of assault by a female - what else is new - but insists he never laid a hand on a girl who says he got physical with her at his mansion.

He says surveillance cameras will prove him right, too, as video captured a three-woman altercation at his home back in January - and he wasn't involved.

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Joe Francis is once again in legal hot water, finding himself in the middle of a police investigation after a woman told cops he pushed her to the ground.

The woman told police she met Joe at a Hollywood night club late Friday night and agreed to go back to his home, where they got into an altercation.

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Joe Francis has always seemed like a John Mayer-esque douchebag. But new legal document ratchet up the insults against the Girls Gone Wild founder to a whole new level.

As first reported by TMZ, 4th Street Media - the publishing company behind an upcoming tell-all written by Ryan Simkin, a former Francis employee Ryan Simkin - has filed legal papers in preparation of Francis' attempt to block sales of Simkin's book, "FLASH! Bars, Boobs, and Busted: 5 Years on the Road with Girls Gone Wild."

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Ashley Dupre, a.k.a. Spitzer Girl, went crazy in Florida for "Girls Gone Wild," as we reported earlier (and as Joe Francis was willing to pay $1M for her to do, before realizing he already had mucho archive footage of her).

That's funny enough, but it gets weirder (and skeevier). Ashley may have been underage when she was filmed naked on the "Girls Gone Wild" bus.

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Joe Francis Biography

Joe Francis Mug Shot Girls Gone Wild creator likes to see girls going wild. Now, though, Joe Francis is stuck in jail and going wild in the bad sense. More »
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It is incomprehensible that Ms. Dupré could claim she did not give her consent to be filmed by Girls Gone Wild, when in fact we have videotape of her giving consent, while showing her identification.

Joe Francis [on Ashley Dupre lawsuit]

Shayne has a genuine ‘girl next door’ quality. But she also happens to be very hot.

Joe Francis [on Shayne Lamas]