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O.J. on Bail While Francis Chills in Cooler

9/20/2007 1:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

While O.J. Simpson is probably headed to the golf course today after three days in jail and hopping the first flight out of Nevada last night, Joe Francis -- waiting to face trial on tax evasion charges -- is still cooling his heels in a jail near Reno, with no end to his incarceration in sight. Yes, he's still there.

To help bring his plight to light, Francis has launched MeetJoeFrancis.com -- from inside the clink -- and it's launching today. He tells the long and sordid story of his legal woes -- ten long pages of it -- and even claims that he signed a settlement in his cell (above) with seven women who had filed suit against him for filming them while they were minors. He signed "under duress" from a judge he believed would set him free for doing so. Not true.


Elsewhere, the "Girls Gone Wild" founder tries to set the record straight on the charge that he flashed a Benjamin to bribe a prison guard to get him a bottle of water. Francis says that he was just giving the guard money to go down to the commissary so he could take his cholesterol and sleep meds, but that it got blown out of proportion too.

There is a legal reason that Francis is stuck in jail -- if he steps foot outside the Washoe County Detention Center, he'll be picked up by marshals and shipped back to Florida for more jail time, because, unlike OJ, his bail has not been granted.
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46.

Jay    

Joe WHO????.... 'Nough said as far as I'm concerned

2498 days ago
47.

gh    

I really don't see what the problem is with Joe Francis. He's never been convicted!!!!

2498 days ago
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Mallory Bourbon-O'Reilly    

You people are pathetic. Joe Francis is in the middleof a legal nightmare -- who gets jailed for a CIVIL SUIT?? You wouldn't feel so mean if it happened to you (and it could)

2498 days ago
49.

gh    

Free The Man!!!!

2498 days ago
50.

gh    

Is Joe Francis really that newsworthy? Lets just move on

2498 days ago
51.

pattijen    

Another example of how justice is not fair all the time. Why in the world is Joe Francis even there? None of his crimes seem jail worthy, so maybe the Judge has some kind of personal vendetta against him. Maybe the Judge is jealous that Joe Francis had alot of pretty girls around him all the time. Either way, why is this guy wallowing in jail, when other people with alot more serious crimes are walking around outside? Makes you wonder if Joe has a lawyer, and if so, maybe he should get a new one.

2498 days ago
52.

gh    

Sounds like there is a lot of jealousy coming from most of these comments

2498 days ago
53.

Sabina Ihde    

Joe Francis is as accompished and legitimate as Hugh Heffner and other Adult Entertainment Moguls. Why he's being persecuted by the government is beyond me

2498 days ago
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gh    

Am I the only one that thinks these girls are just idiots? Next time, keep your clothes on and stay away from cameras, not hard

2498 days ago
55.

gh    

Joe is doing gods work

2498 days ago
56.

I TOLD YOU HOWARD IS THE ONLY ONE ACTING WITH DIGNITY IN THIS MESS    

DO YOU EOULD LIKE TO SEE YOUR DAUGHTER GONE WILD IN JOE'S STUPID MACHIST CHAUVINIST VIDEO? I DONT THINK SO. HE DESERVES TO ROOT IN JAIL FOR MANY YEARS AND I HOPE HIS CELMATES GONE WILD IN HIS ASS.

2498 days ago
57.

v    

He Is Where He Belongs.

2498 days ago
58.

ISRAEL_FOREVER    

this creep is proof money doesn't buy class..if he had been getting our sons tipsy and sure some girls went willingly...but most were seduced by "here's your chance at being immortalized...to be beautiful for forever.. to be a star"... seduced by free booz and ahuge amount of peer pressure and guilt...." be a good sport we bought you a drink or 5...we were nice to you....if ANYONE was encouraging our sons to get drunk and then photographed then in various states of undress and comperising positions they were encouraged be in...America would have this pigs head on a stick.....this bottomfeeder is every parents nightmare.....an old perverted stranger man with candy..........flavored booz forget jail let some of these girls Fathers and Mothers have at him in a cage match.

2498 days ago
59.

gh    

No, I would not like to see my daughter in one his videos, all the more reason this issue is traced back to the PARENTS and them teaching these daughters proper values, and that includes responsible drinking. Stop blaming the end of the line and focus on the root of the problem.

2498 days ago
60.

Denise    

What is happening to our civil rights in this country? His rights seem to be violated and he has to sit in a frigging jail for something that is not criminal in nature? They just want him to plead and they are racheting up pressure on this guy. Not fair.

2498 days ago
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