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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?

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76.

blue    

I want to say this is ironic and karma gets you but this guy is so slimy that I cannot help but think this is just for publicity.

414 days ago
77.

brian    

This is the pure definition of Irony! A guy makes millions on a lot of girls flashing a camera often to come back & suit over being tricked, now that voyeuristic way bites his private life. KARMA IS A BITCH!

414 days ago
78.

Her Imperial and Royal Majesty    

He is so ugly and disgusting. The only people who would want to see a sex tape with him in it are people who need to vomit quickly and copiously.

414 days ago
79.

O'Snap    

It's called Karma, José Francisco (real name). Chew on it.

414 days ago
80.

tigger    

HAHAH - Sure it did- Next will be a threatened lawsuit then -Phew- it will be released by Vivid to cure Joes's money woes-

414 days ago
81.

Dr. Cornelia J. Dogbarker PhD    

She looks like she would be good at sex. He looks like he would not be.

414 days ago
82.

Nancy    

This guy is one of the biggest s***bags out there, not to mention a close personal friend of the Kardashians,,,you figure it out....

414 days ago
83.

xxx    

What a loser, Has to hold a GGW contest just to sucker some girl to be his girl friend? Then again looks like they're both idiots.

414 days ago
84.

Mandy G.    

Oh, the irony!

414 days ago
85.

Truth44    

Hottest girl??? WTH?? Were they searching under rocks?? Well they def. make a great couple.. little pee pee Joe & Big Hole Abbey!!!

414 days ago
86.

Sili'LilSkoolgrl    

This officially puts him in the same category as all of the sluts he films and degrades. It's distribution should reach the far corners of the earth and back, and included on the next space shuttle to Mars.

414 days ago
87.

RD    

Maybe there is a god.

414 days ago
88.

LetsBeReAL    

Hottest girl in America? I think not. No offense but she's about average, if that. :/ She has really pretty eyes but so do countless other people. Maybe he's helping launch some type of career for her because he knows sex tapes have done it for so many others. Who trusts Joe Francis anyway? It's like the boy who cried wolf.

414 days ago
89.

Katanaya    

Joe Francis was getting sued for distributing a 14 year old girl topless on one of his videos, among other lawsuits.

So Joe goes to Vegas to meet his friend Steve Wynn, allegedly he loses $11 million, that he now owes his friend Steve. GGW declares bankruptcy, and now Joe is fine. :) Ahhh... happy endings.

414 days ago
90.

Cathryn Mazer    

I hope that creep gets everything that's coming to him.

414 days ago
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