'Guards Gone Wild,' Claims Video Maker

Producer alleges mistreatment in Oklahoma jail

By John Lister,  Newser User

Posted Nov 23, 2007 5:41 PM CST

(Newser) Girls Gone Wild producer Joe Francis claims prison guards abused him by denying him medication and visits and threatened to tie him naked to a chair for 2 days, the Oklahoman reports. In court filings, Francis says the abuse took place during a 3-week stay in an Oklahoma jail earlier this year. Officials deny the charges, calling Francis "quite a character."

"Mr. Francis was treated like every inmate that comes through the Grady County Law Enforcement Center," said the jail administrator. Francis, who made his fortune with a series of videos featuring college-age women exposing themselves, faces tax-evasion charges and has been in jail since April. His Oklahoma stay came while in transit to a federal prison in Nevada.

Joe Francis arrives to a party in Los Angeles in this Feb. 9, 2007 file photo. Francis, the millionaire producer of the "Girls Gone Wild" video series has accused guards of abusing him during his brief...   (Associated Press)
In this photo released by the Bay County Sheriff's Office, Joe Francis, 34, is shown after he surrendered in Panama City, Fla., Tuesday April 10, 2007. Francis, the multi-millionaire founder of Girls...   (Associated Press)
Joe Francis, creator of the "Girls Gone Wild" videos, poses as he arrives at his own celebrity-attended birthday party at Six Flags Magic Mountain on, May 11, 2006, in Valencia, Calif. He has defied a...   (Associated Press)
Designer Ashley Paige laughs backstage before showing her Girls Gone Wild swim wear line at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Miami in Miami Beach, Fla. Friday, July 13, 2007. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)   (Associated Press)
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