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Joe Francis

Sex Tape Surfaces

'Girls Gone Wild' Honcho Threatens Legal Action

6/5/2013 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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"Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis is the star of a brand new hardcore sex tape ... problem is, he claims it was STOLEN from his longtime GF ... and now he's threatening legal action, TMZ has learned. 

The footage -- shot several weeks ago -- features Francis getting down and dirty with his girlfriend Abbey Wilson -- who (deservedly) won the GGW "Search for the Hottest Girl in America" contest back in 2012.  

We know ... the footage contains material from several sexual liaisons ... and it's currently being shopped to various media outlets. 

Francis tells TMZ ... he has NOTHING to do with the tape's release -- and, ironically, he's trying desperately to stop it from going public by THREATENING the person who has it. 

Joe claims the footage was ripped off of Abbey's iPad -- which was recently stolen from her bag at LAX. 

Francis' lawyer, David Houston, tells TMZ, "It is not only unfortunate, but it is a crime. As such, this office will take all necessary steps to determine who in fact has done this and who is attempting to distribute the video."

Joe's attorney says they have already contacted the authorities -- and want to deliver a strong warning to whoever has the footage: 

"When we catch you, we will see that you are prosecuted to the fullest extent of both the criminal and civil laws."

Ironic, right?

119 COMMENTS

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31.

Bell    

Does anyone feel sorry for you? NO!! I hope whoever has it sends it out on the web. Now you know how some of the girls on GGW felt when they tried to stop you from using their pictures, once they sobered up. Send it out.

402 days ago
32.

BellaJ    

They look like they have matching nose jobs and matching veneers. How any woman could sleep with him is beyond me!

402 days ago
33.

brian    

Look at those two plastic flakes. If you polished them any further I think their faces would rub off.

402 days ago
34.

Horndog    

Somewhere Steve Wynn is laughing.

402 days ago
35.

Dobby    

Couldn't have happened to a more deserving guy! Karma -- it truly is a bitch.

402 days ago
36.

lanie    

Francis is worried about being exploited? Oh the irony in this story is rich. It doesn't feel so good, does it - Joe?

402 days ago
37.

billybob    

gross, what pathetic pos's

402 days ago
38.

Denise    

Ironic...and Karma calling his ass...

402 days ago
39.

@Finnstagraham    

Bet he has a teeny weenie

402 days ago
40.

Anthony    

She looks like an alien in that picture.

402 days ago
41.

Nix    

Karma's a bitch huh Joe? I think this is one everybody should watch, just make sure you do it on an empty stomach and look away if you have to.

402 days ago
42.

Cran    

Clearly conflicted Joe seems to be a danger to only one person, himself. Ugh.

402 days ago
43.

carmen    

what is more sad that people actually are stupid enough to make sex tapes or people are actually stupid enough to get them stolen. please.....you let someone take it so you can be in the news. you probably have a beautiful home and they go into your home and steal.....a sex tape???????? Right...........

402 days ago
44.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Can't say I feel even a little bad when things go wrong for Joe. As for the hottest whatever being "deserved" That's debatable. Personally, I don't like "pointy" features on women, it makes them look like witches to me, I'm not calling her ugly or anything, I'm sure a lot of people find her attractive.

402 days ago
45.

Lydia    

These people have to know if you tape such activity it will surface i think it is another way for people to be seen in the public eye. look at that stupid girl on "Teen Mom" so desperate for money that she had to put herself out there in a disgusting way.

402 days ago
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