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'Girls Gone Wild' Founder Sues Over 'Tell-All' Book

7/23/2010 7:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis is on the war path over a "tell-all" book written by one of his former camera guys ... a book that allegedly details incidents involving drugs, sex and jail.

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The dude who wrote the book is Ryan Simkin -- who began shooting naked, drunk chicks for Joe back in 2002.

In his lawsuit, Francis claims Simkin -- like all of his employees -- was required to sign a non-disclosure agreement, which strictly prohibited him from "writing and publishing any tell-all books about their work."

So, according to the docs, when Francis heard that Simkin had a book on the way -- he wrote up a little something of his own ... a breach of contract lawsuit.

Francis is also suing the publisher -- it's unclear how much cash Joe is hoping to collect.

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Darlene    

Shaking head @ him!

1463 days ago
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joeygirl45    

Apparently filming the bad decisions young DRUNK girls make is not as bad a writing a book about this sorry excuse of a man... let's think about that for a moment shall we??? This guy is a disgrace...at least Hef's chicks are sober and he pays them a lot of money to make them look like and act sluts... lol.. gosh, what is wrong with this world!

1463 days ago
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Cynstriss    

He'll probably make so much money from this book he'll have plenty left over after the breach of contract fine and legal fees are paid, probably with help from the publisher. It will be interesting to see how it all turns out.

1463 days ago
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Mike    

Girls Gone Retarded. Why would any girl ever...ever...think taking your clothes off for FREE would be a good idea. Having seen this rolling joke of a show in person. I saw them pay a girl with a gift card after she signed a "Performers Release."
Girls...Just Say No to Joe.

1463 days ago
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REALbarbwire7    

not so funny when it's being done to you, I suppose. Oh well, he's got plenty of money. He's not known for his kindness or goodness. Let him go for it.

1463 days ago
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really?    

now this bottom-feeding vermin is afraid of looking bad? bit late, no?

1463 days ago
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Stacee    

He's a waste of space and air. Someone should fly a fist in his ugly face.

1463 days ago
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dman    

Douchiest douch of them all. This guy is a loser and a pu#$y.

1463 days ago
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ThisGirl    

Ryan was never a cameraman for GGW. He was the tour manager and frequented the bus as it traveled around the country. He was definitely Joe's right-hand man. Can't wait to hear what stories Simkin has to tell. Why is Joe suing? Is he scared for some reason?

1463 days ago
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Ehécatl    

Factual question: has the book been published yet? It doesn't appear on Amazon.com, if that is an indication of anything.

1463 days ago
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Sociopaths are Sad    

Mike: to answer your question of WHY girls would take off their clothes for free.

Insecurity. Need to feel cool and accepted. Naive to the ways of the world. Mistakenly think it "liberates" them. The female body is "beautiful & nothing to be ashamed of", etc. (which is odd considering that if you really believe the female body is beautiful, you wouldn't denigrate it by posing for GGW...but I digress).

Men like Joe Francis are sociopaths and cowards. They take advantage of the weakest and most vulnerable in society for their own personal gain. It's like taking candy from a baby - it's very easy to do. The only thing that would stop you from doing it is morality, a conscience, and the ability to feel empathy and compassion. All qualities that sociopaths like Joe Francis lack.

Joe Francis doesn't believe he did anything wrong by making his money off underage and barely legal young drunk girls. On the contrary, he thinks it makes him SMART and that others are just jealous they didn't think of it first.

I know this is horrible to say...but...seeing as I don't see people becoming more compassionate in this world...I just wish someone would teach young people out there that you don't EVER let anyone take advantage of your sexuality. EVER. You either get PAID for it or you be intimate (which includes stripping) only with people you truly care about.

I know so many sociopathic men who get a real sense of power and strength taking advantage of vulnerable ****ed-up women and/or young stupid girls.

It is so sad.

1463 days ago
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Rafaelle Zuccaro    

Joe Francis couldnt be Jewish, could he?????

1463 days ago
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Scotty    

Joe Francis is a totally amoral piece of garbage! Giving young girls a ton of alcohol and the having them sign releases before being filmed naked or having sex is repugnant! Doesn't he have a sister or girlfriend? I know he doesn't have a mother since reptiles are hatched!

1463 days ago
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John    

Good luck with that Joe... those suits hardly ever come out like you want.

People think those non disclosure contracts are the next best thing to pre nups and like here in California they are hard to even enforce

1463 days ago
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Rayray    

Eh, Francis wants the book out there. Francis sues camera guy and publisher, the lawsuit brings major attention to the fact that there's a book on the way while creating the illusion of controversy which increases sales. This allows him to collect a piece of that pie without having to actually have his name officially attached to the project.

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