'Girls Gone Wild' Creator Joe Francis Convicted of Assaulting a Woman

7:35 PM PST 05/06/2013 by THR Staff
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Joe Francis

He faces up to five years in jail after being found guilty by a jury.

Girls Gone Wild creator Joe Francis faces up to five years in jail after being found guilty of assaulting a woman two years ago.

The L.A. City Attorney's office said Monday that a jury convicted Francis of "three counts of false imprisonment, one count of dissuading a witness from reporting and one count of assault causing great bodily injury," L.A. Weekly reported.

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The city attorney says that Francis, 40, invited three women to get inside his limo outside Supperclub in Hollywood in 2011. He took them back to his home, refusing to let them leave, and then "grabbed one of the women by the throat and hair and slammed her head into the tile floor four times," according to the City Attorney's Office.

He then escorted them from his home and told them not to call the police, but they reported the incident anyway.

Francis faces up to five years in jail, according to TMZ. A sentencing hearing is set for Wednesday.

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It's not the first time Francis has reportedly been involved in a physical altercation with a female. Last year, police said a car collision with a woman in Beverly Hills turned into a physical confrontation, while Playboy model Jayde Nicole previously accused him of physical assault, also at a Hollywood nightclub.

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