Girls Gone Wild Mogul Goes Free
Coed video millionaire cops deal from Florida judge
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2008 10:29 AM CDT
Girls Gone Wild producer Joe Francis speaks to the press at the Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 12, 2008.    (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
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(Newser) Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis, who's been behind bars for nearly a year, is a free man today after cutting a deal with Florida prosecutors, E! News reports. He faced felony charges from filming underage girls for the raunchy videos that have made him millions. Francis blasted the "corrupt town, run by corrupt officials" that put him away on "trumped-up charges." He pleaded no contest to a charge of child abuse for the filming and several misdemeanors.

"I am in a town of about 7,000 inbreds who are totally corrupt," he said, still proclaiming his innocence. Francis is out in time for spring break, his usual high season, but he won't be going wild with the camera just yet. The judge banned him from filming in the county for three years as part of his plea deal, and he still faces federal tax-dodging charges in Nevada.
 
 

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