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Francis Fires Back at Sexual Harassment Suit

7/3/2007 6:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Joe FrancisIn response to a sexual harassment suit filed yesterday against Joe Francis, Mantra Films and Girls Gone Wild -- Francis' attorney issued this statement:

"While Mantra Films cannot at this time independently verify or contradict many of the items alleged in the lawsuit filed by Tranae Hammond, we want to make clear that there are absolutely no allegations that Joe Francis was involved in any harassment or other wrongdoing. In fact, the lawsuit doesn't even allege that Ms. Hammond ever met Mr. Francis.

Mantra Films employs more than 400 people in five separate locations in the Los Angeles Area. Mantra Films has stringent policies against sexual harassment and provides a safe, professional and compliant work environment for all of its employees. The Company plans to vigorously investigate and defend the allegations made by Ms. Hammond."

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baby girl    

IE....He didn't do it. Um,,,, ok.

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Michelle    

True or not true---Joe Francis has got lots bigger problems than this!! He could keep his attorney busy for years!!!!

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Michelle    

#2. Bobby, I have reported your crude post to TMZ, and I hope they make it impossible for you to write again. You are living proof why Joe Francis is in jail!!

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dc    

I've heard Mantra Films is an absolutely horrible place to work.

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HERE WE GO AGAIN    

#4 SANDY,

GO TO HELL, AND LET THE MAN SPEAK.

REMEMBER FREEDOM OF SPEECH, DOES IT RING A BELL?

TMZ CLEARED HIS STATEMENT, DOPE HEAD, NOW REPORT ME TOO..................LOL.

2667 days ago
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YAWN    

Sandy probably tattled on all of the other kids in grade school. If you don't like it, don't read it and certainly don't comment on it.

2667 days ago
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HERE WE GO AGAIN    

#3 SANDY YOU'RE JUST A GUTTER RAT.

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HERE WE GO AGAIN    

SANDY,

GROW UP AND MAKE YOUR ADJUSTMENTS, BITCH.

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HERE WE GO AGAIN    

THANKS GUYS FOR THE SUPPORT, LETS GIVE THIS BITCH THE BOOT.

2667 days ago
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Lizard    

Oh Golly what if it had been a Putt-Blugger??

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rickedmonds    

hhhhmmmmmm......

"Lawsuits Gone Wild"

can't wait for the dvd to come out.

2667 days ago
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KP    

What a turd

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lucky    

I am suprised Candy Spelling hasnt issued another letter to him yet....

Candy where the heck are you....????????????

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Leonard    

The "unnamed" defense attorney for Joe Francis, DBA "Mantra Films", had better advise [his] client to immediately retain qualified representation by one of the premier federal defense attorneys in the U.S., since these [other] multiple allegations in both Florida + Cali are mere child's play when compared to what Francis is now facing in U.S. District Court, District of Nevada, for tax evasion, etc. Joe, you're TOAST regardless of the outcome of the Florida + Cali charges. You are now dealing with the feds dude, so you had better be prepared to a plea agreement with the government on one of the two counts in the indictment while you still have a chance to do so with the AUSA instead of going to trial + facing triple time in custody of the BOP in you are convicted on even one of the counts. I'm speaking from experience + it doesn't matter how much money you throw at defending the Federal Grand Jury Indictment, the AUSA, etc., you have less than a 2-3% chance of acquittal by a federal jury trial should you be stupid enough to pursue that option + fight the alleged charges by going to trial after which a Federal Grand Jury indicted you. The feds ALWAYS win, all of your other legal problems are not even relevant when considering the impact that you are facing which could amount to years in a FPC, should you ultimately be convicted. Also, remember that the offense, allegedly included tax evasion in the $20M range, you could easily be sentenced, under the Federal Sentencing Guidleines based on the U.S. District judge's discretion, post "Booker", with enhancements of up to 60 months, because of the extremely large monetary amount (the enhancements increase are calculated incrementaly), so you possibly would receive a sentence not more than 60 months + since the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure cannot impose double jeopardy on "like" ofenses. Joe, you had better make a deal with the AUSA before you're history. Trust me, I know this stuff better than anybody, having been through it myself...retaing two of the best legal counsel in Las Vegas avoiding prison time + receiving five years of probation instead.

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lucky    

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