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Steve Wynn

Wins $7.5 Million Judgment

Against Joe Francis

2/23/2012 1:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Joe Francis
hopefully saved a bunch of money from his "Girls Gone Wild" empire, because a judge just ordered him to pay Las Vegas mogul Steve Wynn $7.5 million.

Wynn filed the defamation lawsuit, after Francis said he was going to reveal how Wynn deceived his high-end customers.

The judge determined Francis damaged Wynn's reputation to the tune of $5 million. And the judge heaped on an addition $2.5 million in punitive damages, which serves as punishment for reckless disregard for the truth. 

Francis' lawyer, David Houston, tells TMZ, "We will appeal this order. Joe was not allowed to defend himself."

Francis and Houston tell us, "Even if this order stands, it will only be a small offset from the 10's of millions of dollars that we are requesting from Steve Wynn in another lawsuit -- in a less Wynn-friendly courtroom."

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16.

Fan    

S-C-U-M Bag Joe Francis has finally been shut the hell up!!!

784 days ago
17.

static    

Joe, Steve Wynn HAS the power you THINK you have.

784 days ago
18.

jak    

Off topic. Why is Nancy Grace on TV right now saying TMZ has reported the official cause of Whitney Houston's death was valium and xanex which stopped her heart? She's also raving about her Atlanta home being up for sale and "the clothes off her back being sold. Someone please slip Grace some benzos.

784 days ago
19.

I Was About To Say    

What a creep!

784 days ago
20.

Truth    

GREAT... THAT MEANS JOE FRANCIS IS GONNA EXTENDED HIS 'GIRLS GONE WILD' SERIES BY 3 MORE EPISODES. NEXT! #TRUTH

784 days ago
21.

I Was About To Say    

Steve Wynn's :)

784 days ago
22.

I Was About To Say    

Was just in Vegas, that hotel is amazing.

784 days ago
23.

Physical Graffiti    

LOLOL! That makes my day! Wynn can afford better lawyers! Francis is gonna lose his appeal! LOLOL!

784 days ago
24.

peoplearesilly    

Money talks. Wynn apparently has way more than Francis. Worked in legal for years; it's how much money you have to gith and that is a fact. Anyone who thinks otherwise needs to spend some time working in legal. WHich is exactly why I don't do it anymore. There is not much fair about it.

784 days ago
25.

OBAMA CLAUS     

Rich people suing rich people, how drab. Seriously that = about 100 bucks to them.

784 days ago
26.

Maria     

Francis is a freak of humanity ,exploiting girls for his own greed,he is disgusting I can't stand him I wished Wynn took all his fortune .

784 days ago
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Maria     

Wynn hotel is a beautiful place his art is umbelievable ,good food ,great service , elegant the cream of le cream,classy classy .We can't say the same about Francis ,only trash trash not class!

784 days ago
28.

palermo    

Joe Francis is a close friend of the Kardashians. That tells you all you need to know about this major douche.

784 days ago
29.

Pat    

Hooray! for Wynn. Joe Francis is a pathetic piece of s@@t.

784 days ago
30.

CountryGal    

Joe Francis is a sack of dog ****!

784 days ago
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