'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
'Guards Gone Wild,' Claims Video Maker
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 stay at an Oklahoma jail, a newspaper reported Friday, Nov. 23, 2007. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)   (Associated Press)

(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. (Read more Joe Francis stories.)

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