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Joe Francis:

Underage Girls May Have Gone Wild

9/12/2006 5:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Joe FrancisThe man behind the "Girls Gone Wild" empire has officially pleaded guilty to charges that he and his companies failed to create and maintain age and identity documents for performers in sexually explicit films that he produced and distributed. In other words, he officially acknowledges several girls may have been underage when they flashed their goods for the popular adult series.

GGW founder Joe Francis, along with his related companies, Mantra Films Inc. and MRA Holding LLC, agreed to pay the government a total of $2.1 million in fines and restitution, however only $500,000 will be paid by Francis himself.

The charges in this case are believed to be the first to be filed under a law -- often referred to as Section 2257 -- passed by Congress to prevent the sexual exploitation of children. The law protects against the use of minors in the production of sexually explicit material by requiring producers to create and maintain age and identity records for every performer in sexually explicit movies and other media.

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kelly    

I blame parents if you raise you're daughter to be a skank teen she'll wind up on that movie people make their own decisions he didn't coerce them into anything. Although it is wrong to tape underage girls I hope a guys gone wild comes out so we can exploit men too! Equailty people?

2907 days ago
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nika    

all i want to know is why did it take so long to charge him in the first place?

2907 days ago
18.

kathryn    

And why is this guy not in jail?

2906 days ago
19.

wickedsweet    

Kelly-
There is a "guys gone wild" but women seem to have better things to spend their money on because it hasn't sold well.

Even good kids with good parents can make stupid mistakes from time to time, showing up in one of these films would be a huge one in my house, but that doesn't excuse this peice of trash for preying on these girls BUT if you still want to blame the parents why not fault Joe Francis's parents for raising the kind of trash that would exploit drunk (as in unable to offer a reliable informed consent) kids?

2906 days ago
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Danni Resendez    

hey
lets not forget that when when they say underage they mean like 16 or 17 not 8!
when your that age you know what your doing, you know about sex so forth...
so lets no say things like #1 up there. thats just wrong. As a woman I agree that girls that do this are crazy, but at the same time i know that when i was that age i was not drinking and going crazy the way they do... camera or no camera thats what they do, believe me I'm only 21!!!

2906 days ago
21.

duh...totally !    

geez...this guy is such a SCUMBAG....just watched a rerun of the Tyra show w/him...showing his 35 million dollar house, his celebrity friends, his planes...all made from Girls Gone Wild!

he is a disgusting PIG !

2906 days ago
22.

frederick    

what a scumbag and sickoh

2905 days ago
23.

steve    

dont be mad i dont think he forced these girls to take their clothes off.
your girlfriend was probably one of the hoes

2882 days ago
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