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‘Gone Wild’ founder receives community service

Francis pleads guilty to using underage girls

Joe Francis, the founder of the “Girls Gone Wild” video franchise, was sentenced to community service Wednesday after his company, Mantra Films, pleaded guilty to charges of failing to know the age of the women in the films.

Mantra also paid $1.6 million in fines, on charges that the women were drunk at the time of filming and that the videos were not labeled properly according to federal law.

Along with Francis, 33, who makes an estimated $40 million, three top executives at the company were also ordered community service. U.S. Federal Court judge Richard Smoak said he ordered the community service because the fine would barely make a dent in the company’s profits.

During sentencing, Smoak also said to Francis, “It does not take a very brave man to go out and corner a girl in the middle of spring break who had four drinks.”