JOE FRANCIS: Bad PR and Worse Accusations - August 6, 2006

Joe Francis: Girls say, "J'accuse!"

Girls Gone Wild goon Joe Francis (covered by Hollywood, Interrupted here, and here) just got savaged in a Sunday Los Angeles Times profile.

Times journo Claire Hoffman offers up a damning account of her travels with pornographer Francis, including sections describing how he relentlessly mocked her and physically abused her to the point of tears and physical retaliation, all the while lecturing her on the 1st Amendment...

Joe Francis, the founder of the "Girls Gone Wild" empire, is humiliating me. He has my face pressed against the hood of a car, my arms twisted hard behind my back. He's pushing himself against me, shouting: "This is what they did to me in Panama City!"

...It's after 3 a.m. and we're in a parking lot on the outskirts of Chicago. Electronic music is buzzing from the nightclub across the street, mixing easily with the laughter of the guys who are watching this, this me-pinned-and-helpless thing...

...He has turned on me, and I don't know why. He's going on and on about Panama City Beach, the spring break spot in northern Florida where Bay County sheriff's deputies arrested him three years ago on charges of racketeering, drug trafficking and promoting the sexual performance of a child. As he yells, I wonder if this is a flashback, or if he's punishing me for being the only blond in sight who's not wearing a thong. This much is certain: He's got at least 80 pounds on me and I'm thinking he's about to break my left arm. My eyes start to stream tears...

...I wriggle free and punch him in the face, closed-fist but not too hard...

..."Damn," bystanders say. Francis barely blinks. He snatches at my notebook. He is amped, his broad face sneering as he does a sort of boxer's skip around me, jabbering, grabbing at my arms and my stomach as I try to move away, clutching my notebook to my chest. He stabs a finger in my face, shouting, "You don't care about the 1st Amendment. I care about the 1st Amendment, but you are the kind of reporter who doesn't care."...

Oddly, Hoffman's most sensational discovery on her travels with Francis was buried deep within her rambling portrait of an out of control, sexually aggressive egotist. The real hot-button revelation was a first-person account of how an 18 year-old girl was allegedly coerced into intoxication, then de-virginized against her will by Francis in the back of his party bus.

When Hoffman queried Francis' lawyer about the victim's discomfort at the business end of his client's penis, barrister Michael Burke had the gall to respond, "Though Mr. Francis cannot speak to Ms. Szyszka's discomfort during the encounter, other news stories have commented that Mr. Francis is reputedly well-endowed."

We pause here, for a Hollywood, Interrupted flashback of comedian and one time Girls Gone Wild correspondent Doug Stanhope illustrating how back-of-the-bus deals are done:

Stanhope uses Wild Girl as a beer coaster

Discusses financial terms with Wild girl.

Stanhope counts his cash.

With cash in hand, Wild Girls cops a squat.

While Joe Francis' barely legal imbroglios documented here, here, and here, are now stuff of legend and immense attorney fees, Hollywood, Interrupted has a sensational story lead of it's own to bury...


Alex Vaysfeld is a compact, pugnacious, middle-aged Russian immigrant who came to the States with $120 in his pocket, and - as a 147 pound welterweight - boxed his way to the top of a the Los Angeles-based, nationwide bail bonds empire, Union Bail Bonds. He now manages professional boxers on the side and is involved with champions like the light heavyweight, Roman "Made In Hell" Karmazin. He also is a partner in a popular Moscow nightclub called "Night Flight."

According to Vaysfeld, a couple of years ago, Francis was staying at the luxury hotel Baltschug in an $800 a night suite with some friends. At his nightclub, he alleges that Francis told him he wanted girls.

I said, "How many girls do you want?" He said, "As many as I can handle."

In an exclusive interview with Hollywood, Interrupted, Vaysfeld recounts his allegations:

"My club is one of the biggest pickup joints in Moscow, so that was easy. I got him five girls, my treat. I came to his hotel suite with them, and he and his buddies were popping Viagra like crazy. They were banging the girls - flip-flopping with them - videotaping the sex. Then, Joe asked me for some "X" [ecstasy drug]. He banged all five of the girls, then he said, 'You know what I really want...Right now?' I said, 'I gave you girls, dope - what else do you want?' He said, 'I want a twelve-year-old to fuck.' That's where I jumped off."

"Joe Francis is a sick piece of shit - a pedophile," alleges Vaysfeld. "I split, and later that night I got a call from Francis' hotel. He was on the phone telling me, 'My friend's money is gone.' It was about $3,000. He was trying to accuse me of ripping his friend off! Obviously, I did no such thing. I fart $3000... But when I got back to Los Angeles, my friend, the actor Mario Lopez told me that Francis was telling people that I stole money from him. Mario warned me, 'He's gonna put people on you.'

When asked why he's not worried about a powerful millionaire like Joe Francis coming after him, Alex laughs and says, "They never get to me. I get to them first. I'm licensed to carry a gun. If I see him or any of his people following me, he's liable to get shot and die... The second he brought up the 12-year-old, he was finished with me. Now, I will tell everyone he's a pedophile."

And so it has been told. The floodgates of allegations against a man who has gone too wild for his own branding image are now open, setting up Francis against the wrath of girls (and axe-grinding bail bondsmen) gone "Katrina" on him.

Calls to Francis were not returned by post time. However, Alex Vaysfeld stands by his story.

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Yeah, I always kind of got the pederass vibe from his stupid smirk.

Posted by: Eric at August 6, 2006 09:49 PM

what you're seeing there is what's commonly called a 'paedosmile', eric.

Posted by: joffe at August 7, 2006 03:29 AM

Joe Francis' empire will crumble under him, you can't be that greedy or terrible of a person and expect karma to ignore you. What a dick.

Posted by: Chris at August 7, 2006 06:49 AM

Joe Francis is such a douchebag. I'm glad I've never *paid* for any of his products.

Posted by: jlgolson at August 7, 2006 10:48 AM

Living in New Orleans, I can't tell you how many times, during Mardi Gras, I've seen girls leaving the "back room" that GGW sets up in a club crying hysterically. GGW pays girls to go over to groups of drunk girls and tell them it's fun and cool (they're decoys) and then the drunk girls end up on tape and leaving the back room in tears.

It's the girls' fault for the bad judgment, but the way that the company goes about taking advantage (when you see it in action) is just foul.

Posted by: jessica at August 7, 2006 10:49 AM

I was under the impression that GGW isn't any more exciting than a Skinimax film. Seriously, since the internet became fast enough to deliver all kinds of smut imaginable, what's the attraction? I think at least 30% of GGW customers* are 12 year old kids who stole their father's credit cards and are just learning to masturbate/hump pillows.

*the other 70% is old men without internet connections.

Posted by: not_quite_right at August 7, 2006 10:51 AM

My roomate last year worked at SunCoast and he said the 3 packs of GGW that they wold would fly off the shelves and it would be mostly the stereotypical greasy haired 50 year old guys that cause parents to move their children to their other side when they see these men in malls.

He is totally just the bigshot at (insert fraternity) who everyone hates but his daddy pays for the kegs and couches so they put up with him. Im sure Francis will come out with his designer GGW roofies pretty soon.

Posted by: JWags at August 7, 2006 10:52 AM

Oh, it's branched way out from girls flashing at Mardi Gras. They have some lesbian porn now at the very least. I feel sorry for the girls but then again I don't. The guys doing this all wear big shirts that say GIRLS GONE WILD and carry cameras. From what I understand they also videotape consents to cover their asses, but I could be wrong on that.

But in any event, everybody knows who they are, it's not like this is some big secret.

Posted by: Uncouth at August 7, 2006 10:53 AM

This dude is a greasy douchebag, the fact that he hangs out with Mario Lopez just amplifies that by 10x. I hope he slips up soon and has to serve 5-10 in a federal pound-you-in-the-ass prision. That Times reporter really made him as creepy as possible. He should expect as much for assaulting her, probably not a good move if you're trying to get a glowing article about how awesome you are.

Posted by: Urquell at August 7, 2006 10:55 AM

Fuck You Money - a certain amount of wealth that allows you to say "Fuck you" to pretty much everybody.

Joe Francis at least believes he's made that much off the internet-challenged of America. Too bad his real persona is a scumbag with possible drug addiction problems.

Actually, what I found disturbing was his utter lack of self-control. Francis utterly ignores the Corleone idea of restraint in refusing to lose your cool when provoked, especially in a public arena. There is no way this guy is going to be able to go onto bigger and better things.

Posted by: thapa at August 7, 2006 10:55 AM

I can't believe this shit. And to think VH1 posed him as a victim and celebrity hero after the aforementioned dildo thing happened.

Posted by: Rad at August 7, 2006 10:56 AM

He let Lopez live with him after A.C was stupid enough to cheat on Ali Larter and she kicked him out of their house.

Did anyone else laugh trying to picture A.C. Slater telling a russian business man that the Pansey from GGW was "going to put people on him?"

Posted by: bcarlzson at August 7, 2006 10:57 AM

I'm sure a Moscow club owner with likely Mafia connections in LA and Russia is absolutely petrified at the thought of a Laguna Beach drug-gorging, porn-producing idiot "putting people on him".

Way to intimidate people, Joe Francis.

Posted by: KIMaster at August 7, 2006 10:58 AM

One day some irate father, boyfriend or victim is going to shoot him in his underused brain. I hope that happens today.

Posted by: TED at August 7, 2006 01:13 PM

Aw, hell, it's just butts and boobies.

If a girl ain't got sense enough to keep her freakin' shirt and pants on, exploited or no, then it's a lesson she likely needs to learn anyways. And aren't half the college womens in the country flaunting their "coasters" and then some for fun and frolic on various well-placed web cams?

I mean, yeah, he is a pig, but I've met worse. Fact o life, drunk girls show they titties. Men pay to see them.

Girls, keep your shirts down and your knickers up. And don't let people use your ass for furniture. It isn't sanitary.

Hey, waitaminute, Ebner...aren't these pics just thinly veiled prurient indulgence? Hmmm? I mean, don't you have a beer coaster just like that at home?


Posted by: LRH at August 13, 2006 03:26 AM

Why do you think the DA in the Riley case went from two life sentences to 10 years?

Posted by: Ronald Richards at August 13, 2006 03:15 PM

The "pederass" is able to maintain his GGW franchise - because people watch it. It's that simple. They buy the product or they "spread the word".
He basically caters to a market who don't give a shit about how they get their entertainment. The guy on this thread who said, "I'm glad I've never *paid* for any of his products" proves it.

As to the girls - sure they get taken advantage of: that's because they allow it to happen. The old "I didn't know what I was doing because I was drunk" excuse is so overused. They know what they're getting into. If they cry after it, then that's because they led themselves into an experience that any sap good see was no good. If Francis was doing anything illegal to them, they should all be lining up to bring the cops on his ass.

It's also funny that Vaysfeld split on the guy after his request for a 12 yo while on "X" (hence the pedophile allegation) - but sees no problem in providing him with "girls" (I wonder if they were drunk/paid for/etc. - there's no mention) and illegal drugs.

Not quite the member of the Moral Majority he makes himself out to be.

Posted by: The Ponderoso at August 16, 2006 09:30 AM

Hey man, just because a dude slings or does drugs doesn't mean he doesn't have morals. I respect the Russian,; i hope Francis gets what he has coming: A biker lesbian beatdown.

Posted by: Bryant at August 19, 2006 10:33 PM

I came to this site from Tucker Max, and little did I expect to get stuff like this. I already figured out Francis was a no good scumball, but not like this. In my experience, any man who takes advantage of women is no good. A pedofile is even worse. Keep covering this guy, I'm hoping eventually you cause enough bad publicity for his man-gina to shrivel up, and for him to go away. It won't happen, but here's to hoping.

Posted by: Jummy at October 9, 2006 07:30 AM

I totally admire Joe Francis. He started with an idea and built himself and empire. Now that he's an emperor, he can do whatever he wants and indulge himself in every way. That's commendable. As for him raping 18 year old girls...well, what do you want? This is simply the golden rule in action: he who has the gold makes the rules. That girl was an adult and made the choice to get videotaped. What happened afterward should have been expected. Maybe this will teach her to be smarter next time.

George Manuelian
San Jose, CA

Posted by: George Manuelian at January 13, 2007 11:23 AM

Where did Joe grow up and who are his parents?

Posted by: tracy murphy at March 4, 2007 04:33 PM

if you play with fire there is a likelihood you will get burned.

Joe Francis appears to me to be the posterchild for "C" "U" "N"ext "T"uesday. At first I thought that someone must be out to get him, maybe the government, maybe he offended someone and made an enemy etc - BUT - after scrolling through so many articles and stories, I am now convinced that he is just reckless, disrespectful, arrogant, and believes that the law does not apply to him.

More specifically, anyone trying to smuggle drugs into prison is beyond out of control. I have no sympathy for this guy.

He made millions on a gimmick and could have enjoyed it and gone on to do better and bigger things - instead the money made him think he can get away with anything and that he is above the law etc.


Posted by: play with fire at April 13, 2007 07:08 AM

When are you guys going to get a clue. To have consent you need to have capacity. Consent means a woman can say yes or no to sex. If she says NO, even once you don't have consent. If a woman is drunk she doesn't have CAPACITY TO CONSENT. Which means that it doesn't mean shit if she says yes, oh do it to me baby, or no friggin way. She's drunk or drugged and the law goes against you. She can't consent because she doesn't have capacity! Why oh why the DA in these localities aren't all over his ass is beyond me. If he comes to town where I practice, we'll see something different happen!

Posted by: legaleagle at April 13, 2007 10:41 AM

Francis is an arrogant scum; clear.
However, I don't think anyone should be taking the word of a Moscow club owner as true or honest. -Much less someone involved in the squeaky-clean sport of boxing who likely got the BB license just so he could get his carry permit.

Leagaleagle, please go die in a fire immediately. Half of us wouldn't have even been born without partial influence of alcohol. I can respect reason and avenging true victims,
-BUT legislating intercourse is flat-out in-sane police state shit, and girls very typically "change their minds" -even after the fact, and have no compunctions about libeling or slandering people about crimes they haven't committed.

I also agree with jessica and LRH that these girls must bear responsibility for their choices and actions. They knew what they were doing when they drank some, then more, tackled the guy in the GGW shirt, negotiated for, then accepted the $$$ and signed the release. They knew the area they were getting into.

Posted by: spencer at April 13, 2007 04:15 PM

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