Joe Francis Loses $2 Million Gambling Debt Case in Nevada
The state’s Supreme Court rules in favor of the Wynn Las Vegas casino over a seven-figure I.O.U. used by the "Girls Gone Wild" founder in 2007.
Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis has lost a case in the Nevada Supreme Court over $2 million owed to the Wynn Las Vegas casino.
The high court ruled Thursday that a lower court was right to grant summary judgment favoring the casino because Francis abused his constitutional rights by repeatedly invoking the Fifth Amendment at a deposition, reports the Associated Press.
While being questioned by the Wynn's lawyers about the $2 million casino marker, or I.O.U., he took in May 2007, Francis was cagey about pretty much everything asked of him, including his marital status and whether or not his father was alive.
"Do you have a father?" one of Wynn's lawyers asked during the deposition, according to a transcript provided in the Thursday ruling and cited by the AP.
"I think everyone has a father. Yes," Francis responded, according to the transcript.
"OK, is he living?" the lawyer asked.
"Right to remain silent," Francis said.
Francis later filed motions to take back his repeated invocation of the Fifth Amendment but the Supreme Court’s ruling said the lower court was right to deny Francis' legal attempt to do that and to delay the case.
Francis had believed he was off the hook for the $2 million marker in Sept. when a Las Vegas district court judge threw out the case, saying the Wynn casino has waited too long to collect the funds from Francis. But Thursday’s ruling puts him $2 million in the hole with the Wynn.