Joe Francis is heading to jail. Los Angeles Superior Court Jude Nancy L. Newman sentenced the Girls Gone Wild creator to 270 days behind bars and 3 years of probation after being convicted of misdemeanor counts of assault and false imprisonment of women.
He was also ordered to complete a Level 3 Anger Management course and attend 52 sessions of psychological counseling (one each week). He was immediately taken into custody at the Airport Branch Courthouse but expected to be freed on $250,000 bond pending an appeal.
The legal woes stemmed from Francis' dispute with three women celebrating a college graduation back in 2011. The soft-core porn mogul was said assaulting one of the females while holding her and two others prisoner at his Bel Air house following a night out in Hollywood.
After a two-week trial in May, the X-rated video supplier was convicted of one count of assault causing great bodily injury, three counts of false imprisonment, and one count of dissuading a witness from reporting.
Francis, 40, arrived in court Tuesday, August 27 with his current girlfriend Abbey Wilson. He vehemently denied his guilt as quoted by TMZ after the hearing, "I'm 100% innocent and the evidence showed I'm 100% innocent."
"Right now I'm out on appeal and the appeal's process should take between two and four years. So in four years I'll let you know," he added. "This is the last of this chapter guys, but thank you very much and I encourage everyone to look at the evidence and understand I did not do anything wrong, and I'll be out for four years appealing this and we will win the appeal."
He was sure learning one thing from the debacle, "We will never be inviting random people back to our home ever again."