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'Girls Gone Wild' Creator

Smirks at $500,000 Fine

9/25/2006 8:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


092506_joe_francis_tmzJoe Francis, creator of the "Girls Gone Wild" franchise, was in court Monday to formally plea guilty to charges that he and his companies failed to create and maintain age and identity documents for performers in sexually explicit films. In other words, he officially acknowledges several girls may have been underage when they flashed their goods for the popular adult series.
As TMZ first reported, Francis agreed to a deal that orders him to personally pay a $500,000 fine, and his company to pay a $2.1 million fine.

TMZ cameras caught up with Francis today outside a Los Angeles Federal courthouse, and Francis reminded us that "'Girls Gone Wild' is still up and running" and is "bigger than ever." The CEO of Mantra Films is happy to be "moving on" from this matter.

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the wise old owl    

Flesh peddling scum. Child Pimp. Just a few adjectives to discribe him. This guy should hook up with Paris. They would make a lovely couple. I think he was implicated in the break in that occured at her house when her jewelry was taken along with that infamous tape.

This guy is involved in any seedy activity he can get his hands into. I hope they throw the book at him. There's plenty of mothers out there whose under aged.daughter's were on his tapes. THey were so drunked up they didn't know who they were or what they were doing. I wouldn't be surprised if he supplied the alcohol so he could get the shots he needed to sell those ridiculous tapes. He should be ashamed of himself.

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kathleen    

DITTO with post #1. Karma baby--What comes around goes around and this guy is gonna get his right where he deserves it!

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haterj    

wonder if joe was smirking when an intruder broke-in his home, tied him up and pulled his pants down...naw, i hear he cried like the bitch he his, rich or no, he's still a bitch

2920 days ago
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Tony J.    

Hey "wise old owl",
I haven't been tracking this guy's every move, and I don't own any of his tapes. I have seen the late night commercials quite often, though.
As a "mainstream" video producer (exotic animals and aviation) who once considered softcore porn, let me say that Mr. Francis appears to be operating legally, except for this instance, which could be considered "pushing the envelope".
Basically, he found these girls in public places and they agreed to do "other things" regardless of what state of mind they were in. As long as HE didn't provide the alcohol or drugs to them, there's not much he can be held responsible for.
Which is very likely the reason the case was plea-bargained. Apparently he couldn't prove the girls were all "of age", but neither could the prosecutors, it seems.
And you have to take into account that most of the public places were bars or beaches, whose local owners or authorities had their OWN responsibilities for controlling access to alcohol and age verification. Joe just piggybacked into a situation where he could most benefit.
And by the way, ANYONE can be filmed in a public place, just ask the paparozzi (sp?) As far as what they've chosen to do when they see a camera pointed at them, well, that's what Hollywood is all about. Everybody wants their 15 minutes!
As far as this case? It was about money. That's all. The Feds wanted cash. Pure and simple.

2920 days ago
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Skye's Tribe    

If he's laughing this that means he doesn't care about children being used for profit. That is what he is doing. As a producer it is his responsiblity to make sure that the ID's are checked and use common sense. If a girl looks a little young and the ID's seems questionable he shouldn't do it. He probably had a inkling that these girls were underage and went ahead and profited from it. That is why that 2257 is in place to protect those underage children. He should of been put in jail for selling underage porn. Simple as that. He could of least showed remorse and him gloating is sickening.

2920 days ago
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Trina    

Joe will die a violent death for exploiting these "children". Karma is a biatch bayveeee! I'm sure it's "chump change" to him. But he'll get it in the end. He has gotten rich at the expense of desperate girls who are misguided. And ... they typically make a decision to pose when they're drunk out of their minds!

2920 days ago
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kenneth    

GIRLS GONE WILD................love those nice young tits and assess no matter how old they are ...but; i sure hope that that guy did not use underage girls on those videos.>>>>>>>> KEEP GGW COMING!!!!

2920 days ago
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Trina    

Kenneth, first you say you don't care how old the girls are, then you say you hope he didn't use underage girls. I think you'll buy the tapes no matter what because you're a sick pervert. Buy a dayum blow up doll! How can you even get it up while looking at pre-teens?! Do you have daughters?

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Laurie1122    

the girls aren't idiots. if they didn't wanna be on it, then they shouldn't have flashed the cameras. i'm sure none of them had a problem with it until one of their fathers watched a video and was like DAMN THATS MY DAUGHTER..WELL SHE'S HOT BUT NO I WANT MONEYZZZZ.

2920 days ago
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Katie    

I think this guy is scum just as much as the next person, HOWEVER, these are underage girls that are traveling on their own to exotic locales and drinking/drugging. Part of the responsibility goes to the parents of these CHILDREN! I would never let my "under 18" daughter travel alone without an adult. And don't tell me they were too drunk to know what they were doing. I don't care how drunk you are, you always know what your doing (you may not really care at the time though).

I feel sorry for the parents who have to live their lives praying that their neighbor, religous officiant, grandparents, co-workers, boss etc. doesn't catch wind that their little girl was getting it on with another girl - naked, drunk & filmed - and then sold to the public. It's no better than prostitution - only the pimp got all the money.

C'mon parents! Raise your kids to have some respect for themselves!

2920 days ago
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Lenn K    

This I'm not to sure about. One thing with Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan as role models, It's hard to judge. The underage thing is wrong. But most the girl I saw on television seem to be willing players.

2920 days ago
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Tyler    

If the were underage isn't it really child porn? So why is he getting off? Oh I forgot cause he has a bunch of money. . . What an a**hole and no I am not really into this videos cause they are pretty weak the ones I have seen.

2920 days ago
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parissucksliterally    

wise old owl=

Paris DID go out with Joe Francis....in fact there is a video of them- she is in the bathtub playing with herself while he asks, "Who's Your Daddy?" ...she replies, "You are Joe, You are"....

all part of her seized storage locker contents.....just wait, it will ALL come out- her RACIST diaries....the MAJOR DRUGS she does.........Karma will come back to haunt ALL these evil people.

2920 days ago
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Whatever    

This guy is a real sleaze. Using underage girls................. SICKO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2920 days ago
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Whatever    

This guy is a nasty no -moral scumbag. Whoever buys his tapes are stupid idiots.

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