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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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_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Hopefully, Wynn opens a Girls Gone Wild car wash in the back of Wynn Casino with the money he's won. haha

719 days ago
17.

ZZ Pot    

"LOSER" is the correct word regarding ANYTHING having to do with Joe Francis.

719 days ago
18.

RD    

Francis is such a tool, liar, s***bag and every other horrible thing you can say about a person. It is sad that Wynn didn't just off him and do the world a favor.

719 days ago
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MsSuburbia    

TMZ writer--please quit with the "all tolled." You write that all the time. It's "all told" and you're driving us nuts! Thanks, The Grammar Police http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/all%20told

719 days ago
20.

Truth    

WOW, WHAT A DOUCHE BAG LOSS FOR FRANCIS... IF THE IDIOT KEPT HIS MOUTH SHUT THAT WOULD'VE SAVED HIM $16 MIL RIGHT THERE. IMMA SURE "NO COMMENT " WILL BE HIS NEW ANSWER WHEN TALKIN TO THE PAPS IN THE FUTURE. #TRUTH!!

719 days ago
21.

darisa    

good. the lesser of two evils is Steve Wynn. Joe Francis is a big time douche

719 days ago
22.

Vanessa    

*Francis talks and walks like a douche so.........................#teamWynn-er

719 days ago
23.

Vanessa    

Joe Francis walk and talk like a douche ...........#team Wynn-er

719 days ago
24.

Areader    

TMZ producer or one of many camera stalkers that TMZ posts through out LA?

719 days ago
25.

Cindy    

TMZ - Again with the "all tolled"? Your writers seem inacapable of learning. http://www.word-detective.com/2008/04/all-told/

719 days ago
26.

Areader    

What's really funny is to watch the TMZ camera stalkers in action. They stand around like the people who wear advertisements for companies waiting for a celebrity or someone in the news to walk by.


The fun starts once they spot one...they make this mad dash up to the person and they start with these goofy questions they ask....you can watch them going over the questions they keep on cards before they spot someone.


Anyway....the one to watch who's really funny is the Irish guy Paul....he's not to smooth with this...it's hilarious to watch.


The one who's really good at is the black guy Van....he has it down.


It would be hilarious if someone taped the TMZ camera stalkers while they're standing around studying the cards and then tape them when they make their run at a celebrity!

719 days ago
27.

tgrfan42069    

hahahahahahahah..joe frances is a moron.he made his money by filming girls at madi gras and so forth taking off their clothes.sad that people actually paid for that crap.when there are ton of free porn vids on the net.

719 days ago
28.

Jeff Smith    

Joe Francis says the verdict will be overturned: http://www.meetjoefrancis.com/posts/joe-francis-expects-verdict-to-be-overturned/

719 days ago
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Jeff Smith    

Francis said he expects the verdict to be overturned on appeal due to judicial error.

“I’m startled by the jury’s verdict because it’s totally unfounded and the evidence does not support it,” Francis said in a phone interview.

He said the judge erred by allowing Wynn’s attorneys to allow jurors to consider a new claim of slander based on an interview Francis did with “Good Morning America” after the trial started. The panel awarded Wynn $11 million in damages on that claim alone.

“California law is very clear. You can’t add a cause of action at the end of trial about something that had nothing to do with the trial,” Francis said. “Therefore we are 100 percent confident this jury verdict will be reversed on appeal.” “I made a statement in a courtroom seeking a restraining order against Steve Wynn, which is 100 percent privileged,” Francis said. “I was afraid for my life and I only made that statement when I was ordered by a judge to do so.”

719 days ago
30.

Toilethead    

Those to idiots should form a daisy chain.

719 days ago
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