'Gone Wild' Founder Touts Dismissed Suit16 Oct, 2007 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Joe Francis, founder of the infamous Girls Gone Wild DVD brand, Oct. 15 issued a press release proclaiming vindication in a lawsuit filed by two women alleging they had been videotaped without consent.
Plaintiffs Christina Brose and Brooke Patsolic dropped their suit after Francis posted video proof of their consent on his personal Web site. In turn, Francis promised not to file legal charges against the two women upon issuing a public apology.
“This is yet another example of false allegations that I have faced,” Francis said in a statement. “I am prepared to fight back and will defend myself against all baseless allegations against me.”
After settling another suit in which seven women claimed they were underage during filming, Francis in April was indicted along with his Mantra Films Co. by a federal court in Reno, Nev., on tax evasion allegations.
Charges included allegations Francis hid assets through third-party entities in offshore accounts.