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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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31.

EVG    

HAHAHAHA NO HONOR AMOUNG THIEVES...

736 days ago
32.

CN    

You have idiot writers, TMZ. This is not the first time readers have pointed out it's ALL TOLD, not all tolled.

Now maybe JF will see he's not quite the playa he thought he was. Don't mess with the big boys, Joey.

736 days ago
33.

Nikki    

Too bad Steve Wynn called Joe Francis a miserable vicious assassin on camera. Now Steve can be sued for millions in return for defamation. I guess one could call it a wynn lose situation... lol

736 days ago
34.

DaveT    

Ridiculous judgment, $20 million is absurd, talk about your paid-off judges ;)

736 days ago
35.

RedwoodPerch    

Joe Francis is definitely a douche bag... but I have to say that Wynn is a bigger douche. I hope Joe wins on the appeal.

736 days ago
36.

Chas    

I would have hated to be on this jury, deciding who was the most believable between two of the s***miest people on the face of the Earth. Plus, if you chose the wrong side, you might get whacked.

736 days ago
37.

liquidbabydoll    

Will teach that fool he can't open his mouth &spew out whatever he wants .Let's see how he snakes his way 2 "remake" his $$$

736 days ago
38.

KarmaPolice    

YES!!!!!! That is great news! I hope the jury whacks him with big punitive damages too! TIME TO SHUT UP AND PAY UP, FRANCIS!

736 days ago
39.

theroyalgs    

hahahahahahahaha

736 days ago
40.

purejuice    

joe francis is the stupidest s***bag there is. he needs to put down the crack pipe and stfu.
http://www.latimes.com/features/la-tm-gonewild32aug06,0,6367343.story

736 days ago
41.

John Balzer    

The back story here is that Senator Mark Pryor was in a scandal just a few months back because his office seemed to offer an internship to one of these wild girls. As the scandal panned out, it was one of Pryor's close associates and lobbyists that initiated the event and Pryor did his best to back off. It cannot save Pryor from the upcoming litigation that will expose how he used his senatorial power to quash an IRS investigation into his family for tax fraud and where did the money go? How come wife Jill made so many trips to the Caymans?

736 days ago
42.

Spicy mag    

If he has $150 million why didn't he just pay his gambling debt?

736 days ago
43.

scoopie    

sweet!! justice for women who were messed with due to his little film hobby

736 days ago
44.

latestdiets.net    

francis always has that kind of face - along with his voice - that says, "I need a beating ASAP". I guess Wynn gave him one.

736 days ago
45.

anonymous    

It's karma and poetic justice when Joe Francis has to pay millions in attorney fees.

736 days ago
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