The L.A. City Attorney's office triumphantly stated that Francis was convicted by a jury today of “three counts of false imprisonment, one count of dissuading a witness from reporting, and one count of assault causing great bodily injury”:
Prosecutors say the 40-year-old enticed three women into his limo outside Hollywood's Supperclub. Two of the women thought they were simply being driven to a parked car nearby. But no, the City Attorney's office says:
Instead Francis took them to his place and got into a physical altercation with two of the women as he tried to separate them from their companion.
The City Attorney's statement says he …
… grabbed one of the women by the throat and hair and slammed her head into the tile floor four times.
Francis then escorted the trio from his casa and threatened the women, telling them not to call police, prosecutors said.
They took a taxi to the parked car and — you guessed it — called police.
A sentencing hearing was scheduled for Wednesday.
City Attorney Carment Trutanich:
Whether a celebrity or not, you will be held accountable for your misdeeds. The victims in this case should be commended for their courage in stepping forward and reporting these attacks, and for not being intimidated from seeing this matter through the justice system.