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"Girls Gone Wild" Creator Arrested at Airport

4/10/2007 11:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Joe FrancisJoe Francis was arrested this morning at the Panama City airport TMZ has confirmed, as first reported by PEOPLE.

Francis was reportedly on his way to voluntarily turn himself in, but he was recognized by airport police and arrested there before he reached the Marshal's Office. Francis had been ordered to turn himself in for changing the terms of a settlement deal stemming from a 2003 lawsuit in which seven women accused him of victimizing them by filming them in sexual situations while they were on spring break in Panama City.

Francis, creator of the popular "Girls Gone Wild" series, had until noon Thursday to turn himself in, but PEOPLE says that Francis missed the deadline.

UPDATE:
A spokesman for Francis told the AP that the GGW mogul will likely stay behind bars until Thursday, when he is scheduled to face off with a federal judge.

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Kait    

D Bag

2565 days ago
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Prince Edward Island - Canada    

ha-ha- Gotcha!

2565 days ago
3.

Kennedy    

Wake up young ladies and start having some dignity. This man is rich because some of you young ladies are getting drunk and acting sleezy for the camera. He gets rich while you ladies get exploited.

2565 days ago
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Erica    

Lock his ass up, please. Let his cell mate educate him on what the other side of rape feels like. Disgusting pig.

2565 days ago
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The real Dottie    

This is b*llsh*t. Those chicks knew what they were doing and they knew they were being filmed. Give them b*tches hell Joe, I know you're innocent.

2565 days ago
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joanne    

I guess he held a gun to their heads, maybe mom and dad seen it and they are defending their honor. what a crazy world we live in.

2565 days ago
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They about to get paid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    

Maybe he will syay there ,he is trash,and should be disposed of just like trash, he should serve a day for every dollar he made off girls gone wild,we would never see him again

2565 days ago
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J. Owen    

What he does is exploit drunk girls and sells it to America. He sould be in jail. #2, don't blame the victims for being taken advantage of, keep in mind this guy and his camera crew are grown men preying on teenagers.

2565 days ago
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free4all    

Joe is a sexist pig! I hope he gets it in the slammer!!

2565 days ago
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Lysette    

That guys face makes my skin crawl.

On his best day he is nothing but a doofus, but the truth is he has been getting away with unreported rape of the young girls featured in his videos. The LA Times broke the story months ago.

scum, scum, scum.

2565 days ago
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Debra    

I am just going to enjoy the fact that this guy is being "inconvenienced" for a while. He has too much money to go to jail for any length of time. Now on the other side...These girls know what they are doing and as long as they are not under-age they are free to look as cheap and sleazy as they want to look. They only make the beautiful classy girls of the world look even better. So we should really thank them. The High-Quality men would only screw them...very seldom marry them. Why would you want to date or marry a guy who is attracted to this type of sleaze? So thanks for weeding out the creeps of the world for us...if you boyfriend watches this stuff...run..!

2565 days ago
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what    

It is about time. This man is a slug. One of the bottom dwellers feeding off the distorted young idiots affected by ETOH and drugs. We have seen alot of Slugs lately.

2565 days ago
13.

Hal    

Dirt bag!

2565 days ago
14.

Karl    

don't drop the soap joe.

2565 days ago
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who cares?    

PERV!!!he makes me sick!

2565 days ago
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