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Joe Francis

'Girls Gone Wild!' Trustee

STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM US!

4/24/2013 3:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0424-joe-francis-girls-gone-wild-tmzExiled "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis is STILL acting like the boss ... threatening and menacing GGW employees ... and now a judge has been asked to keep Joe 100 feet away from the company and its employees.

The problem -- and how AWKWARD is this? -- is that Francis still keeps an office there.

With no physical barriers between Francis and his old crew, he's still lording over them, according to the court filing ... he allegedly violently threatened "Girls Gone Wild" employees as recently as Sunday -- and tried to fire them for not obeying his commands.

The GGW trustee -- there's a trustee because the company is in bankruptcy -- is asking the judge to order Joe to stop meddling ... and to stay 100 feet from the "Girls Gone Wild" offices and its staff.

"Totally ridiculous," Francis told TMZ. "It's ludicrous to think that any reasonable judge would grant this motion." He adds that "Girls Gone Wild" is a subtenant of the parent company, which is NOT in bankruptcy ... so he has every right to be there.

'Girls Gone Wild'

Goes Bankrupt

Seeks Chapter 11 Protection

2/28/2013 8:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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"Girls Gone Wild" has gone bankrupt ... filing for Chapter 11 reorganization -- but fear not late night TV viewers ... 'GGW' honchos insist "it will be business as usual" for the porn company.

Lawyers for 'GGW' filed docs yesterday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court ... which gives the company protection from creditors while it comes up with a plan to handle all its debts.

According to the docs ... there are 3 subsidiaries of 'GGW' filing for Chapter 11 -- GGW Magazine, GGW Events, and GGW Direct.

In a statement, the company says it remains financially strong ... and throws other corporations under the bus ... claims it's just "like American Airlines and General Motors having sought reorganization under Chapter 11." 

As for GGW founder Joe Francis ... he assures us this has no affect on his personal wealth.

'Girls Gone Wild' Internship War

Temple Member Takes Blame ...

Oy, Please Don't Call the Feds!!!

4/26/2012 12:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The Feds can officially stand down ... because a member of an L.A. synagogue has just accepted responsibility for a charity auction that somehow involved "Girls Gone Wild," a U.S. Senator, and the FBI.

To quickly recap -- the synagogue (Wilshire Boulevard Temple) recently auctioned off a summer internship position at the offices of Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor to help raise money for charity -- and GGW honcho Joe Francis won ... planning to give the position to the winner of his "Hottest Girl in America" competition.

Needless to say, Mark Pryor's office flipped out -- insisting it never sanctioned ANY intern auction -- and then reached out to the FBI to investigate the matter.

But a member of Wilshire Blvd. Temple named Chad Brownstein just sent a letter to Pryor's office, clarifying the whole SNAFU -- claiming he suggested the idea of auctioning off an internship position at Mark's office during a recent fundraising brainstorm session at the synagogue.

Chad says it quickly snowballed without his knowledge -- and the auction somehow went live on the Internet. Chad blames the whole thing on a "miscommunication."

Chad writes, "I wish there was something else I could say other than I am sorry."

'Girls Gone Wild'

Photo Shoot Raided by LAPD

12/14/2011 3:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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LAPD officers just busted into a "Girls Gone Wild" photo shoot in a Hollywood Hills home -- and TMZ has learned it's all because the models might be getting wild on camera ... without a permit.

According to law enforcement sources ... police went to the home to conduct a "film permit investigation" because there's been an ongoing issue of people -- not only GGW -- shooting there without proper permits.

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A GGW rep says they have about a dozen staffers -- including requisite girls in bikinis -- at the home shooting their "Search for the Hottest Girl in America."

The rep claims LAPD entered the private residence without a proper warrant or probable cause.

Our law enforcement sources say the investigation is not targeting GGW -- and instead the cops want the person leasing the house and allowing people to shoot there. We're told police have been to the location multiple times over the last year.

Joe Francis

HUGE WIN in Underaged Girl Case

4/7/2011 7:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis just scored a MAJOR legal victory -- after an all-female jury decided he won't have to pay a single cent to the 4 women who accused him of ruining their lives by featuring them in his videos while they were underage.

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Francis -- who represented himself for part of the trial in federal court in Florida -- eventually hired a team of attorneys ... who managed to convince the jury that Joe is not responsible for any lasting emotional damage alleged by the women and therefore shouldn't have to pay them anything.

Francis had argued that the women had consented to being filmed and they simply made up the claims of emotional distress after the fact in the hopes of a payday.

After the jury made their decision -- Francis said, "My legal team did an outstanding job and Girls Gone Wild will continue to take strident measures to avoid facing these false allegations ever again."

Charlie's Porn Star -- Another 'Wild' Past

1/28/2011 5:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Charlie Sheen's porn stars of choice have A LOT in common -- in fact, TMZ has learned, his latest party girl Kacey Jordan bared all in a recent video for "Girls Gone Wild" ... just like Capri Anderson.
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The video was shot over two years ago in L.A. -- and according to the clip, Kacey's quite the exhibitionist ... claiming "I'm nineteen and I'm told that I'm cute and I have a hot body and I love to show it off."

She also loves run-on sentences.



Capri Anderson -- Girl Gone Wild

10/31/2010 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Capri Anderson knows what it's like to go a little crazy in a strange hotel room -- because back before she met Charlie Sheen, Capri was in a "Girls Gone Wild" video ... and she was even featured in a national commercial.



Back in 2009, Capri dropped her drawers for GGW's "The Hottest Girl in America" video ... and after that, she became a finalist in GGW's "Search for the Hottest Girl in America" TV show that aired earlier this year on HD Net.

Now, with Capri's newfound notoriety, we're told Girls Gone Wild is going back to the Capri archives -- and has already released a fully nude tribute to Capri on its website.

'GGW' Crew Guy

Pinched for Alleged Assault

8/6/2008 12:46 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A "Girls Gone Wild" crew member allegedly went a little too wild with a young woman -- and now he's paying the price.

Suffolk County, NY cops popped Matthew O'Sullivan last night after a 20-year-old woman accused him of "unwanted sexual contact" that took place after she was invited onto the infamous bus. The "GGW" machine was in Smithtown, Long Island at a place called Nubar.

O'Sullivan was charged with Criminal Sexual Act in the first degree, and will be arraigned today in Central Islip. A "GGW" rep didn't immediately comment.

Story developing ...

'GGW' Lawyers

To Grill Spitzer's Girl

6/2/2008 7:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned lawyers for "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis have subpoenaed Eliot Spitzer's favorite midnight caller Ashley Dupre to testify under oath and on video about her shady and sordid dealing with a prostitution ring.


Following her spectacular rise to fame as Spitzer's call girl du jour, Dupre filed a $10 million suit against Francis and GGW after the company offered her -- and then rescinded after they discovered video of her in their vaults-- a $1 million deal. She claims "GGW" ruined her reputation.

We hear lawyers for GGW plan to grill Dupre on a litany of topics, hoping to prove that her previous use of fake names, fake IDs and fake web pages will shed light on the alleged shady lady's credibility. GGW's lawyer says after they're done with her, they're confident "any jury will view her claims as frivolous."

For his part, Francis says, "Now that we are calling on her to testify under oath, the world will learn the real truth about Ashley Dupre." Bring it on!

Dupre's New York lawyer Don Buchwald responded to TMZ: "To the extent her testimony is needed, she will of course comply with whatever the rules are in Florida courts."

Drunks and Skanks Coming to a Stand Near You

3/3/2008 3:16 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

It's official! "Girls Gone Wild" has taken the next step in exploiting drunk college girls. The magazine is billed as "a monthly lifestyle magazine for young men and women geared toward fun, freedom and youthful exuberance."
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Translation: It'll feature a lotta t**s and a** from girls that are willing to shame their schools, families and towns. Thanks Joe Francis.

'Girls Gone Wild' Creator

Smirks at $500,000 Fine

9/25/2006 8:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


092506_joe_francis_tmzJoe Francis, creator of the "Girls Gone Wild" franchise, was in court Monday to formally plea guilty to charges that he and his companies failed to create and maintain age and identity documents for performers in sexually explicit films. In other words, he officially acknowledges several girls may have been underage when they flashed their goods for the popular adult series.
As TMZ first reported, Francis agreed to a deal that orders him to personally pay a $500,000 fine, and his company to pay a $2.1 million fine.

TMZ cameras caught up with Francis today outside a Los Angeles Federal courthouse, and Francis reminded us that "'Girls Gone Wild' is still up and running" and is "bigger than ever." The CEO of Mantra Films is happy to be "moving on" from this matter.

Joe Francis:

Underage Girls May Have Gone Wild

9/12/2006 5:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Joe FrancisThe man behind the "Girls Gone Wild" empire has officially pleaded guilty to charges that he and his companies failed to create and maintain age and identity documents for performers in sexually explicit films that he produced and distributed. In other words, he officially acknowledges several girls may have been underage when they flashed their goods for the popular adult series.

GGW founder Joe Francis, along with his related companies, Mantra Films Inc. and MRA Holding LLC, agreed to pay the government a total of $2.1 million in fines and restitution, however only $500,000 will be paid by Francis himself.

The charges in this case are believed to be the first to be filed under a law -- often referred to as Section 2257 -- passed by Congress to prevent the sexual exploitation of children. The law protects against the use of minors in the production of sexually explicit material by requiring producers to create and maintain age and identity records for every performer in sexually explicit movies and other media.

Girls' Bus

Goes Wild

7/26/2006 2:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Sometimes, the Girls go a little toowild.


Tuesday night, a Girls Gone Wild tour bus collided with a bicyclist in Iowa City, Iowa, landing the cyclist in the hospital. According to a fire department report obtained by TMZ, the accident happened just after 8 p.m. Firefighters arrived to find a male bicylist trapped beneath the tour bus, where he remained for 20 minutes before high-pressure air bags could be used to lift the vehicle and get him out.

The name of the cyclist wasn't released, pending investigation, and his condition isn't known.

The accident occurred as part of the Girls' bar-hopping national publicity tour, which pulls into Anaheim, Calif. on Wednesday. Cyclists beware.

Bill Horn, publicist for Girls Gone Wild creator Joe Francis, could not be reached for comment.

Click here to see report from Iowa City Fire Department

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