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‘Girls Gone Wild’ founder Joe Francis Found Guilty Of Assault

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The founder of “Girls Gone Wild” is looking at up to five years behind bars after being convicted of a number of crimes stemming from an incident involving three women that happened in 2011.

Joe Francis was convicted of three counts of false imprisonment, one count of dissuading a witness from reporting a crime and one count of assault by a Los Angeles jury on Monday.

He did not agree with the result of the two-week trial. “This is a total joke!” he wrote in an email. “It did not happen, and that mentally challenged jury should be put in jail!”

According to the alleged victims, they were out celebrating a college graduation when they ran into Francis, 40, at Supper Club in Hollywood. Prosecutors claim that at the end of the evening Francis “grabbed one of the women by the hand and took her to his limo.” The two other women also got into the limo, thinking that they would be taken to their car. Instead, they wound up at Francis’ home.

At some point during the evening, Francis allegedly grabbed one of the women by her throat and also slammed her head into the floor. The women were escorted out of the house and warned not to call police, The New York Daily News reported. The women called 911 and told LAPD officers what had happened.

A hearing to schedule Francis’ sentencing date is set for Wednesday.

Sources: The New York Daily News, CBS News