Four women, who were between the ages of 13 and 17 when they were filmed flashing their breasts by “Girls Gone Wild” goons, have asked to pursue their lawsuit without being named. The women, who are now in their 20s, said when they appeared in the “Girls Gone Wild” videos as teens in Panama City, Florida, they were ridiculed and forced to leave their schools. Their lawyers battled in court recently, arguing that as the women sue Joe Francis for exploitation, there is no need for their identities to be revealed. “Their names” — in addition to their breasts — “are going to be everywhere,” attorney Rachael Pontikes argued. Alas, an unsympathetic FL judge rejected their request and now the women have filed an appeal.
But this debate isn’t just about boobs, exploitation and poor judgment. It’s also about journalism! Keep reading »
Ryan Simkin spent half a decade as an employee for “Girls Gone Wild,” working his way up to be Joe Francis‘ right hand man. And now he’s written a book all about the experience called Flash! Bars, Boobs, And Busted: 5 Years On The Road With Girls Gone Wild. Naturally, Francis is suing to stop sales of the book. So what is it Joe doesn’t want you to read? Some juicy tidbits after the jump, including how Paris Hilton allegedly smuggles drugs on commercial flights. Keep reading »
“Girls Gone Wild”‘s Joe Francis is getting … married? When we heard the news this morning, we didn’t know if we were still drunk from last night, or hell had frozen over, or what. But yes: Christina McLarty, an entertainment reporter for CBS, is going to marry that bastard. Actually, the couple will have a domestic partnership, not a marriage. Why? Because Joe Francis has so many scruples, you see! “We have chosen to have a civil domestic partnership because we don’t believe it’s appropriate to be married until our gay and lesbian friends are afforded the same rights as us to legally marry in the United States,” Francis told gossip column Page Six. Uh, OK.
The flesh vendor proposed to McLarty while vacationing in St. Tropez and they will wed with 200 guests in September at Casa Aramara, his beachfront estate in Punta Mita, Mexico. Weirdness of weirdness, his neighbor Quincy Jones will be the best man. So, a September wedding! Very nice. That gives up plenty of time to think up some appropriate wedding gifts for a sweetie like Joe Francis … Keep reading »
“With the gay movement, it’s personal. The same religious-right a**holes who took away my civil rights and put me in jail for a year because they don’t like what I do for a living have taken away gay rights. I know firsthand how it feels to have your civil rights stripped from you. P.S. lots of lesbians marched, too.”
—Joe Francis, the guy behind “Girls Gone Wild,” on why he joined the gay rights march in Washington, D.C. Keep reading »
Joe Francis is the guy we’d most like to vote off planet Earth. The Girls Gone Wild impresario (wait, I’m revoking this term since it includes the word “impress” and there ain’t nothing impressive about Francis) got in a scuffle last night at Guys and Dolls in Los Angeles, and allegedly assaulted a woman. And not just any woman—Jayde Nicole, Playboy‘s Playmate of the Year for 2008, who you know as Brody Jenner‘s girlfriend on “The Hills.” Here’s what supposedly went down, according to TMZ… Keep reading »