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Joe Francis Points the Finger at Everyone Else

One of the same fingers, no doubt, that anchor the crisp, concise lede of this week’s print edition story by Hollywood Reporter executive editor, features Stephen Galloway. Here is just a sampling of the things the Girls Gone Wild impresario insists are not his fault:

Francis has been jailed in Florida and Nevada; successfully sued for defamation by Las Vegas mogul Steve Wynn, whom he now owes $20 million; indicted for tax evasion and filming underage girls; blamed for the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing of a company connected to Girls Gone Wild (which he says he no longer owns); and banned from entering GGW’s Santa Monica offices by bankruptcy trustee R. Todd Neilson, who filed suit to keep Francis off the premises.

Add to all this Los Angeles Times reporter Claire Hoffman‘s claim in a 2006 article that he pinned her to a car and twisted her arm so hard tears flooded her eyes – and that’s an awful lot of mischief. But none of it, says Francis, is his fault.

According to Francis, everyone who’s ever served on a jury is mentally challenged. And every man who’s ever criticized him has a small(er) penis. That’s all just on the first page of the four-page Web version.

With interviews like these, who needs publicists (Francis doesn’t have one)? The first wave of comments by critical readers make liberal use of the D-word. Francis meanwhile is laughing all the way to his Punta Mita-bound private jet.

Read Galloway’s piece here.

Update – 05/23/13: Francis has apologized for comments made in the THR interview about American jurisprudence:

“I deeply regret the remarks attributed to me in the interview with The Hollywood Reporter. They were hurtful and do not reflect my true feelings… All that was publicized were my most intemperate remarks that were borne out of frustration but with no intent to cause anyone harm… My comments are appalling, but anyone who has ever been wrongfully convicted of a crime that they did NOT commit would be as frustrated as I am. I want to apologize to all the jurors, the court, the City Attorney and my attorneys for my comments that were manipulated by the media, and please know I am truly ashamed of my conduct…”

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