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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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Eric in L.A.    

Wynn has promised to donate the money to charity. Wynn is not giving anything away. He will just take a huge tax right to his favorite charity.

751 days ago
17.

DaveT    

Ridiculous amount of money, something fishy in jury land ;)

751 days ago
18.

Emily    

I hope they make him pay even more. He's only famous because he got a bunch of girls drunk and topless. Big ****ing deal.

751 days ago
19.

BonitaBeaver    

# owned!

751 days ago
20.

MC    

Look at the picture! They have a father/son resemblance. Somewhere, in the distant past, their gene pool overlaps! They deserve each other!

751 days ago
21.

Terry    

Lock up your daughters. This dirty old man will be on the hunt for more young girls to take advantage of to pay his debt, or he might send his girlfriend to rob you!!!! Guy walks and talks like he has a stickup his $@%!! I saw him get his $%# kicked at a party in hollywood a few months ago. it was great. I wanted to get a kick in so bad.

751 days ago
22.

Jordan    

Joe if you want to make your 40 million back your great friend Kim Kardashian will make another porn with Kayne and you will make it back,

751 days ago
23.

Brien    

Bah-haha Joe just got screwed! Maybe it'll make that loud-mouth think twice before spewing his venom. He's lucky Steve didn't have him whacked.

751 days ago
24.

Mel    

This is the kind of person Kim Kardashian hangs out with, figures.....

751 days ago
25.

Googie    

Francis, if you don't have the cash to gamble, don't ask for credit then try to use smear tactics to welsh out on a bet. Take cash next time you want to gamble. It's only right you pay up since if you had won, you definitely would have collected the winnings.

751 days ago
26.

YouDontSay    

I am no Joe Francis fan and i was for the first verdict but this seems obnoxious.

751 days ago
27.

chrischris    

hi mr francis,

you should go to www.missingmoney.com it has a list of the state treasurers offices where you might have unclaimed money.

if you lived in illinois the state treasurers office website is www.cashdash.net

i hope you find money.

christine

751 days ago
28.

Northerngirl41    

That guy is gross. Who would date that guy? Wait, don't answer that. I'm eating dinner.

751 days ago
29.

Secondary Parent    

Laws that specifically target one demographic of the population are unjust and should be thrown out. Defamation lawsuits are just that... Has someone not rich and famous ever, even once, won and collected money from a defamation lawsuit?

751 days ago
30.

BellaJ    

Hahahaha! Karma!!!

751 days ago
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