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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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46.

whocares    

Oh please...

475 days ago
47.

mer    

Seeing someone for a year makes her a "longtime" girlfriend? That's sad. In the normal, non-celebrity world we just call that a "girlfriend".

475 days ago
48.

Raejean    

I don't understand how this fool who encourages people to expose themselves for a living and is stupid enough to record his own adventures has a moral leg to stand on when it comes to protecting his own privacy.

475 days ago
49.

river rat    

Joe is afraid the whole world will see that he has a tiny little wheezer!

475 days ago
50.

Dena    

How does it feel to be exploited jerk!

475 days ago
51.

Gee    

Another set up so Joe can make some dough.

475 days ago
52.

Mikey    

Jay Leno in drag.

475 days ago
53.

zombie    

What a hypocrite he is.

475 days ago
54.

thisiswhatihavetosay    

karma for ya bitch ass

475 days ago
55.

Tommy    

Low life s***bag basta-d.

475 days ago
56.

thisiswhatihavetosay    

actually... now that I think about it, didn't he lose a bunch of money to a lawsuit? ahhhhhh I smell a set up. what a douche lol

475 days ago
57.

Lisa G    

LOL, that could not have happened to two better people - if it's true. It makes more sense that SHE handed the ipad to a distributor ala K.K.

475 days ago
58.

hmpf    

I am sure there is a chuckle going up in the porn community...PASSWORDS PEOPLE...that way if your iPad or cell get stolen, they can't access the data stored.

475 days ago
59.

jillie    

OMG-I remember when she was on The Hills.

475 days ago
60.

Laura    

Is he going to be like Hulk Hogan and run all over the place trying to keep the tape from the public, and not accepting that nobody wants to see it anyway? Desperation.

475 days ago
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