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Joe Francis

LOSES ANOTHER

$20 MILLION

9/11/2012 4:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Joe Francis
just got hit with ANOTHER $20 million verdict in his defamation battle with casino mogul Steve Wynn -- on top of the $20 million Wynn was awarded yesterday.

The additional $20 million is for punitive damages in Steve Wynn's defamation lawsuit against the "Girls Gone Wild" honcho, in which Wynn claimed Francis made bogus claims that Wynn threatened to have him murdered over a gambling debt.

Francis was hit with $20 million in compensatory damages yesterday -- for statements made to TMZ, "Good Morning America," and more.

All told, Francis has to pay Wynn $40 million.

Wynn has promised to donate the money to charity. Joe said he plans to contest the verdict and expects the decision to be overturned.

Following the new verdict, Wynn released a statement, saying, "Joe Francis represents a new kind of criminal type: the digital assassin. He takes advantage of the protection afforded by the internet to issue intentionally destructive charges against someone’s reputation."

He adds, "Thank God for the justice system that finally sent a message."

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bring back recent posts    

....yikes...I don't get how jurors come up with these numbers...but hey....Francis would do the same too someone..just saying...karma??????????????

751 days ago
2.

whateverIsay    

wa, wa, wa. Sell your digs in Mexico to pay it off you pig. Better yet, give some of the money to the college
girls paying off loans who made you rich you little
twit.

751 days ago
3.

kerrplunk    

Wynn's got some of my money over the years.

751 days ago
4.

Mike44090    

All Joe needs to do is convince Kim and Kanye to allow him to tape and then leak them making a porno and he'll be able to pay that off in no time. Between the three of them they have over 25,158,000 twitter followers

751 days ago
5.

ManiacalZebra    

All told! TMZ finally got it right! It's a miracle!

751 days ago
6.

Jack    

If Francis made his fortune any other way than porn the verdict amounts would probably be different. Another reason the fool should learn to keep his mouth shut and pay his gambling debts.

751 days ago
7.

lauren    

francis is a douch cannon!!! i hope he goes broke.

751 days ago
8.

woodin    

Joe skips out on a 2 mil loss and ends up owing wynn 48 million and counting. 1 more civil suit pending against Joe....ass

751 days ago
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brenda    

"Joe said he planned to contest the verdict and expects the decision to be overturned...".

Mmmmm, interesting concept, "expecting the decision to be overturned". That's the basis of all appeals. Doesn't make it so, though.

Keep that checkbook open Joe.

751 days ago
10.

duh    

Karma, Joe. It's a BISCH - and it just PMS'd all over your knotty pine!

751 days ago
11.

Honeys Booboo    

Steve "The Hit-Man" Wynn strikes again !

751 days ago
12.

Vanessa    

ahahahahahahaha check him.......in that order.....#team Wynn-er

751 days ago
13.

Jeff Smith    

This is totally unfair! On his website Joe Francis says...

“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.”

Seems like the Jury got this one wrong!

751 days ago
14.

Jeff Smith    

Check out his website! Its pretty clear that Joe was in the right www.MeetJoeFrancis.com

751 days ago
15.

shelley    

This is ridiculous. How on earth could anything Joe said have caused that much $ value to Wynn. Those jurors are just putting fuel to a sue sue sue everyone for money fire. No doubt they probably got their own payoffs.
Sticks and stones, Wynn. There was no harm in some punk porn guy spouting his mouth off. This went too far

751 days ago
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