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Warrant Issued for Joe Francis' Arrest

2/2/2009 6:11 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Joe FrancesA federal judge issued a bench warrant for Joe Francis' arrest after he skipped a hearing this morning in his big tax evasion case.

Joe's lawyers had asked to be removed from the case and today was supposed to be the day they could cut ties. But because the "Girls Gone Wild" boss didn't show, they can't officially go.

Joe couldn't immediately be reached -- because nobody knows where he is.

UPDATE: TMZ just got in touch with Joe, who claims he was simply ill and under the care of a doctor -- and he has the note to prove it.

Francis claims he's on his way to court right now to make his appearance. We'll let you know how it goes....

UPDATE 2: Francis was arrested after he finally showed up to court -- five hours later. He told the judge he had the flu. He'll spend the night at the Metropolitan Detention Center.

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They about to get paid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    

in jail ,shortly

1996 days ago
2.

Wanda W.    

A sleazy,exploitative,bottom feeding,sorry excuse for a human being, whom Im waiting for, with great anticipation, to fall hard on his ego manical ASS !!!!!!

1996 days ago
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99centz    

HELLO STD CLINIC',ITS JOE AGAIN.IT HURTS WHEN I.........

1996 days ago
4.

Justin is Calling    

Maybe he's been playing cabana boy with Darnell Riley again.

I don't care what Joe Francis says, that was some bizarre gay foreplay going on.

Google it.

1996 days ago
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vile comments    

take your time to read this long la times article about joe francis. after reading you feel this guy should rot in jail.
http://www.latimes.com/features/magazine/west/la-tm-gonewild32aug06,0,2664370.story

1996 days ago
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vile comments    

i would also like to know why the lawyers had asked to be removed.....
???

1996 days ago
7.

lena    

this guy definitely has a few screws loose. something very bizarre about him......

1996 days ago
8.

ME    

THIS DUMBASS CAN'T STAY OUT OF TROUBLE. PUT HIS SORRY ASS IN PRISON FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE.

1996 days ago
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steve    

Joe, don't you learn your lessons ! You don't keep a federal judge waiting !...I can hear the judges words now, " baliff's take Mr. Francis into custody for being in contempt of court ".

1996 days ago
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Spellchamp    

If he was legitimately sick (note or not), why didn't he simply call the court and get the case continued?

Simple solution. Yet TMZ appears to be buying his 'sick with a note' excuse!

And yes, it is interesting that his lawyers want out. I wonder why?

TJ

1996 days ago
11.

Lance    

Let's see .....Paris,Kim K,Britney to name a few, all are "famous" for acting like sluts. Then comes the girls of today, who think these"ladies" and their actions are the way to act. Then Joe comes along and is smart enough to get DVD after DVD after DVD of hundreds of drunk,druged(never parented) girls clamering to act like sluts....and Joe's the problem??

Sadly for me, when I was Joe's age, there were tooo many ladies and no where near enough sluts for me to film and make a living this easy.

1996 days ago
12.

Orion    

JOE FRANCIS FOR PRESIDENT!!!! He's our man!

1996 days ago
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il0vemykids2009    

this guy is a sexual predator he gets young girls drunk and takes advantage of them he should be going to jail for more than taxes these celebrities who look up to him and use his villa for a getaway should be ashamed if only their daughter was feed alcohol then presauded to take their clothes off maybe they wouldnt be so quick to celebritize this pervert

1996 days ago
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beachy    

I hope they put this piece of human trash away for a long time. The prosecutors are doing a great job. He's like the Al Capone of modern day.

His taxes will be his downfall. Good riddance to a really worthless person.

1996 days ago
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Chuck    

Doctor's note or not, the average JOE citizen cannot miss a court date simply because he is ill. We would be thrown into jail.

1996 days ago
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