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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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punkass_gibson    

Joe had a choice. It's ridiculous that he comes up with the plan of an email / murder plot to try and get out of his own debt. Now he owes 40 million. People that owe that kind of money are living on borrowed time.

736 days ago
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punkass_gibson    

Joe Francis is a complete idiot. Money doesn't make you smart. I'm surprised this guy is still walking around. Just a matter of time until someone gets tired of him.

736 days ago
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sistersue88    

Our channel I usually watch your show on isn't showing it in Dayton OH anymore.I went to tape it were it is now and it's all reruns.
I can't get up in th morning without my coffee,cookie and TMZ.Where can I watch it.

736 days ago
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BonitaBeaver    

He's treating joe like a 16 year old girl on spring break

736 days ago
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Mary    

The disproportionately massive size of the fines is way over the top, imho... and it makes me wonder that if it were anyone but Francis, how much might they pay?

736 days ago
66.

Cujeaux    

If Francis can't pay his gambling debt I doubt he can fork over 40 million.

736 days ago
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liquidbabydoll    

whatta ya know joe? now you gotta pay up when you open that foul trap of yours,,shame ,shame, you are lame

734 days ago
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Carlotta Von Funken    

Wow, that's a terrible facelift on Wynn. Just look at the skin in front of his ears. He should sue his plastic surgeon for 40 mil.

733 days ago
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