Joe Francis Fails To Turn Himself In To U.S. Marshals (update: arrested)

It sounded like Joe Francis had come to his senses when he announced he was going to surrender and serve his time for the contempt of court charges U.S. District Judge Richard Smoak handed down last week. Some wet t-shirt contest must have been going on at about the time he was going to turn himself in, because yesterday came and went and Francis is still on the run:


“Girls Gone Wild” founder Joe Francis told Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera on Monday that he would comply with a Panama City federal judge’s order to surrender to authorities to begin a jail sentence for contempt of court.

But by 4:30 p.m., Francis had not turned himself in at the federal courthouse.

“I’m not trying to hide at all,” Francis told Rivera. “I’m on my way to Florida right now to turn myself in and comply with the judge’s order. I would never run from justice. I would never not comply with a judge’s order.”

Francis did not answer calls to his cell phone on Monday.

His corporate lawyer, Michael Burke of California, said he was “getting everyone together” Monday morning so Francis could turn himself in. He could not be contacted later in the day.

Deputy U.S. Marshal P.J. Joanos said he had tried unsuccessfully most of the day to contact Francis’ lawyers. At about 4 p.m., Joanos said, Burke called and reported that Francis had not turned himself over to the authorities anywhere in the country.

“I can tell you that Mr. Francis is being treated as any U.S. Marshals’ fugitive,” Joanos said.

Come on! I find it hard to swallow the fact that Joe Francis is being treated as any U.S. Marshal’s fugitive. All they have to do is send the police to Hyde, Scores, any Spring Break event, or Paris Hilton’s house and he surely would have been found by now! Francis is making a laughingstock out of the Panama City court system, and hopefully someone makes him serve longer than a few measly days in jail for being such an ass.

Update: Joe Francis was arrested at the Panama City airport at 6:30 am EST.

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  1. revenge is going to come back says:

    I am glad that they arrested Joe Francis…because if they didn’t, I would hope that Dog the Bountyhunter or the like would track this serial rapists ass down like he did with the Max Factor heir who used date rape drugs on countless women….when his abusive crimes finally came to the light of a judge and jury, he ran off to a posh mexican beach town, living the easy life until his sorry ass was caught, and those whom he had harmed finally got to sleep a tiny bit easier knowing that that criminal was in prison.
    the same thing in this case….
    jessie, you seem to think that there is something really funny about this asshole and his sexual expolitation of women.

  2. vagina says:

    Joe Francis, the founder of the “Girls Gone Wild” empire, is humiliating me. He has my face pressed against the hood of a car, my arms twisted hard behind my back. He’s pushing himself against me, shouting: “This is what they did to me in Panama City!”

    It’s after 3 a.m. and we’re in a parking lot on the outskirts of Chicago. Electronic music is buzzing from the nightclub across the street, mixing easily with the laughter of the guys who are watching this, this me-pinned-and-helpless thing.

    Francis isn’t laughing.

    He has turned on me, and I don’t know why. He’s going on and on about Panama City Beach, the spring break spot in northern Florida where Bay County sheriff’s deputies arrested him three years ago on charges of racketeering, drug trafficking and promoting the sexual performance of a child. As he yells, I wonder if this is a flashback, or if he’s punishing me for being the only blond in sight who’s not wearing a thong. This much is certain: He’s got at least 80 pounds on me and I’m thinking he’s about to break my left arm. My eyes start to stream tears.

    …It also looks like he rapes a drunk 18 year old.
    Eventually, [Jannel] Szyszka says, Francis told the cameraman to leave and pushed her back on the bed, undid his jeans and climbed on top of her. “I told him it hurt, and he kept doing it. And I keep telling him it hurts. I said, ‘No’ twice in the beginning, and during I started saying, ‘Oh, my god, it hurts.’ I kept telling him it hurt, but he kept going, and he said he was sorry but kissed me so I wouldn’t keep talking.”

    (this was statutory rape on a virgin.)

  3. Lorena Bobbit says:

    i have lost faith in the justice system.
    i hope that Lorena Bobbit dressed in a wonder woman costume tracks Joe Francis down and teaches him a lesson.
    there is only one word for this asshole now….REVENGE. this asshole needs to get the smug mug on his pretty face kicked the shit out of wherever he goes.

  4. Jessie says:

    Revenge–I don’t think there is anything funny at all about this guy’s exploitation of women. It’s just that if I printed the 20 different swear words that come to my head about this prick then the blog would not get published.

  5. Pikachew says:

    He is a $#ithead gone wild. Somebody drop a cage on that rat.