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Joe Francis

$20 MILLION LOSER

In Steve Wynn Lawsuit

9/10/2012 12:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Joe Francis
just got hammered by a jury in Steve Wynn's defamation lawsuit -- the jury socked him with a $20 million verdict.

If you recall ... Wynn was suing Francis for defamation, claiming the "Girls Gone Wild" guru made bogus claims that Wynn threatened to have him killed and buried in the desert over a gambling debt.

The judge nailed Francis to the tune of $5 mil for statements made to a TMZ producer in a courtroom hallway ... talking smack on Wynn.

The jury added $11 mil for defamatory statements Francis made on "Good Morning America."

All tolled, the verdict is for $20 mil.

The jury will now decide if Francis gets hit with punitive damages .. and that could be an additional $60 mil.

Francis is worth a reported $150 million.

Francis tells TMZ he believes the judge made 2 reversible and appealable errors -- one of which was allowing Wynn to add the 'GMA' claim at the end of the trial.  Francis also believes some of the statements that allegedly constitute defamation were made in a court proceeding where Francis was seeking a restraining order against Wynn and were therefore privileged.

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1.

Yup    

Hahahaha! Suck it, Francis! Couldn't happen to a more deserving douch*bag...

736 days ago
2.

Harvey's Shirt    

Joe Francis = idiot. Met him twice . That was 2 too many times. Idiot,Fool, Hope Wynn builds a new casino with Joe's money. Or Mr.Wynn can give some to me for unfortunately meeting Joe Francis twice.

736 days ago
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ManiacalZebra    

Well, that didn't work out too well for him. Now he owes Wynn even more than before.

736 days ago
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ManiacalZebra    

Oh, and it's "all told," not "all tolled."

736 days ago
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brenda    

I am absolutely not surprised by this verdict. Francis is nothing short of a punk and pu*sy who will cry and wimper and appeal the verdict..."they were sooo unfair...sob sob". Don't let the courthouse door hit ya in the ass Francis on your way out. You may try to sue it too.

736 days ago
6.

Elle0375    

GOOD!!!! Should have sued him for every penny he has!!

736 days ago
7.

MIKE    

Could not have happened to a bigger sleazeball LOL A hole

736 days ago
8.

Jackie    

Karma....earning a living from stupid teenagers is a curse.

736 days ago
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Phishie from Philly    

Joe was talking junk about me too. I'm suing
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Phishie from Philly

736 days ago
10.

Julies    

There is something very creepy about Steve Wynn. I bet he made the threats and abused our court system by spending his way out of it. Where are the emails?

736 days ago
11.

static    

Pay up sucker!

736 days ago
12.

Buckaroobonzai    

2 words for ya Joe.... "ANGER MANAGEMENT"

736 days ago
13.

Phishie from Philly    

The judge played golf with Wynn last week.
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Phishie from Philly

736 days ago
14.

peacewalker    

Joe Francis might HAVE $150 million, but he's WORTH about $150 million less than that.

736 days ago
15.

CLINT    

Both of these guys are sleazy and have made their money under sneaky cir***stances. Neither deserve the success they have. That being said, I'll take 1% of what they have and be satisfied.

736 days ago
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