Girls Gone Wild Founder Loses $20M Slander Suit

Jury sides with casino mogul Steve Wynn

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 11, 2012 1:05 AM CDT

(Newser) – Lots of girls are going to have to go pretty wild to pay off Joe Francis' legal bills: A jury has awarded casino mogul Steve Wynn $20 million in his slander suit against the Girls Gone Wild soft-porn tycoon, reports the Los Angeles Times. Francis had publicly claimed that Wynn threatened to have him killed and buried in the desert over a $2 million gambling debt, but the jury decided that the allegations were false and Wynn had been slandered. The jury will now decide whether to hit Francis with punitive damages, which could be as much as $60 million, TMZ reports.

Casino mogul Steve Wynn and Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis have been battling in court since 2009.
Casino mogul Steve Wynn and "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis have been battling in court since 2009.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut, Chris Pizzello)
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