‘Girls Gone Wild’s’ Francis arrested

Video mogul showed up late to court hearing

“Girls Gone Wild” founder Joe Francis was arrested in Los Angeles after he showed up five hours late for a court hearing in his tax evasion case.

When the adult-video entrepreneur finally appeared in court Monday afternoon, he told the judge he was suffering from the flu. Francis’ attorney Melissa Weinberger says U.S. marshals then handcuffed Francis and took him away.

Francis is accused of claiming more than $20 million in bogus business expenses on his corporate tax returns, including $3.8 million for a home in Mexico and $10.4 million in phony consulting services. He has pleaded not guilty to two counts of federal tax evasion.

The hearing was to consider a request from his tax attorneys to recuse themselves.

More Digital

  • Jonathan Friedland Netflix

    Netflix Comms Chief Jonathan Friedland Out Over Insensitive Comments

    “Girls Gone Wild” founder Joe Francis was arrested in Los Angeles after he showed up five hours late for a court hearing in his tax evasion case. When the adult-video entrepreneur finally appeared in court Monday afternoon, he told the judge he was suffering from the flu. Francis’ attorney Melissa Weinberger says U.S. marshals then […]

  • 2018 FIFA World Cup

    Fox Sports App Sees Big Lift From World Cup

    “Girls Gone Wild” founder Joe Francis was arrested in Los Angeles after he showed up five hours late for a court hearing in his tax evasion case. When the adult-video entrepreneur finally appeared in court Monday afternoon, he told the judge he was suffering from the flu. Francis’ attorney Melissa Weinberger says U.S. marshals then […]

  • Uber Sexual Harassment

    Self-Driving Uber Pilot Was Watching Hulu Before Deadly Crash

    “Girls Gone Wild” founder Joe Francis was arrested in Los Angeles after he showed up five hours late for a court hearing in his tax evasion case. When the adult-video entrepreneur finally appeared in court Monday afternoon, he told the judge he was suffering from the flu. Francis’ attorney Melissa Weinberger says U.S. marshals then […]

  • vice_logo

    New Staff Shakeup as Vice Restructures Its U.K./EMEA Studios, TV Operations (EXCLUSIVE)

    “Girls Gone Wild” founder Joe Francis was arrested in Los Angeles after he showed up five hours late for a court hearing in his tax evasion case. When the adult-video entrepreneur finally appeared in court Monday afternoon, he told the judge he was suffering from the flu. Francis’ attorney Melissa Weinberger says U.S. marshals then […]

  • Jen Ruggirello

    Vidcon 2018 Showcases Diverse Voices, Creators of Color

    “Girls Gone Wild” founder Joe Francis was arrested in Los Angeles after he showed up five hours late for a court hearing in his tax evasion case. When the adult-video entrepreneur finally appeared in court Monday afternoon, he told the judge he was suffering from the flu. Francis’ attorney Melissa Weinberger says U.S. marshals then […]

  • lucas the spider - youtube

    YouTube Creators Getting New Options for Paid Memberships, Merch Sales, Video Premieres

    “Girls Gone Wild” founder Joe Francis was arrested in Los Angeles after he showed up five hours late for a court hearing in his tax evasion case. When the adult-video entrepreneur finally appeared in court Monday afternoon, he told the judge he was suffering from the flu. Francis’ attorney Melissa Weinberger says U.S. marshals then […]

  • VidCon

    Vidcon Attracts More Traditional Media as Online Video Matures, Becomes More Lucrative

    “Girls Gone Wild” founder Joe Francis was arrested in Los Angeles after he showed up five hours late for a court hearing in his tax evasion case. When the adult-video entrepreneur finally appeared in court Monday afternoon, he told the judge he was suffering from the flu. Francis’ attorney Melissa Weinberger says U.S. marshals then […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content