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Joe Francis of Girls Gone Wild Booked by LAPD For Alleged False Imprisonment

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Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 11:34 AM

click to enlarge Joe.
  • Joe.
Updated at the bottom with what prosecutors allege Francis did -- basically taking three women for a limo ride against their will and beating one of them. First posted at 10:49 p.m. on Monday.

The man once crowned "Douche of the Decade" was in more hot water this week. Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis turned himself into the LAPD early this evening, police told the Weekly.

He came into Pacific Division in Del Rey between 6:30 and 7 p.m., was booked, and quickly posted bail, which had been set at $50,000, said Lt. Mark Day.

What did he allegedly do?

He was wanted based on a misdemeanor warrant that accused the video mogul of false imprisonment, Day said.

But the lieutenant didn't know any details of the case.

Francis has been sued by young women depicted in his videos, he's been charged with racketeering, drug trafficking, and child pornography, and he's seen jail. Check his Wiki. He's a bad boy. Allegedly.

Who did he allegedly falsely imprison? We're going to guess it wasn't allegedly a boy. Just a guess.

Update: In a statement to the media the City Attorney's office announced details of its charges against Francis.

Basically prosecutors alleged that an outing at Supper Club in Hollywood on Jan. 29 led to a chance meeting between Francis and three women. As they were all leaving Francis allegedly pulled one into his limo and the two others, apparently believing they were going to get a ride to their cars, followed.

But no, here's what allegedly happened next, according to City Attorney's spokesman Frank Mateljan:

During the ride, Mr. [Vagram] Gegdzhyan [Francis' "driver/bodyguard") allegedly produced a Sheriff's badge, impersonating a law enforcement officer, and did not allow the women to get out of the limo.

The group was taken to Mr. Francis's gated residence where a physical altercation is alleged to have taken place between Mr. Francis and two of the women as he allegedly attempted to pull one of them away from the others. During the altercation, Mr. Francis allegedly grabbed one of the women by the throat and hair and pushed and slammed her head into the tile floor four times.

The duo allegedly told the women if they called the cops they wouldn't get a taxi ride back to their cars. The trio phoned police after they left via taxi though, according to prosecutors.

Francis faces "three counts of false imprisonment, one count of dissuading a witness from reporting, and one count of assault causing great bodily injury," according to the statement.

Gegdzhyan "faces additional counts of impersonation of a public officer with intimidation and one count of fraudulently using a badge," according to Mateljan.

If convicted, Francis could see five years behind bars; Gegdzhyan could see six. They're due in court in downtown L.A. Sept. 16.

We guessed right.

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