Girls Gone Wild founder and real-life human garbage Joe Francis was finally convicted yesterday for being literally abusive towards women (as opposed to what he's built his career off of). He has been charged with nearly half a dozen misdemeanor counts for a 2011 incident involving three women - one of whom he's accused of choking out and slamming her head into the tile floor of his Hollywood home. 

According to the LA Times, Francis was convicted yesterday of five charges in connection with the assaults - that's three counts of false imprisonment, one count of dissuading a witness from reporting and one count of assault causing great bodily injury. After the jury convicted Francis, L.A.'s city attorney reportedly praised the courage of the victim for speaking out about what happened.

The incident occurred on January 29, 2011 - three women claimed they were partying at the trendy Supper Club in Hollywood to celebrate a college graduation when they met Francis. At closing time, Francis allegedly grabbed one of the women's hands and took her to his limo, so the other two women followed because they believed he would give them a ride to their car. Instead, he, his bodyguard, and his driver all refused to let the women leave, the latter two even producing sheriff's badges.

The women were brought back to Francis' home, where an altercation ensued between him and two of the women when he attempted to pull one of them away from the others - it was then that he allegedly grabbed one of the women by the throat and hair, and slammed her head into the tile floor four times. The women were then escorted out of the home, and Francis allegedly threatened them and told them not to call the police.

Francis and his abusive tendencies have been in and out of the news for years - take this story we posted back in 2011 after he (somehow) escaped a lawsuit while defending himself before an all-female jury:

According to the News Herald of Panama City, Francis was hard on the plaintiffs during cross examination, sending two away in tears. Judge Richard Smoak fined him $2,500 and made him get a lawyer after he asked one of the plaintiffs if she was a prostitute. Does he think he crossed a line? Not a bit. He told the newspaper: “I think it helped.... I shook them like a tree until all the fruit fell out, and I shook them violently.”

Bad word choice doesn't even begin to cover it. But really, this opener from a 2006 LA Times story is perhaps the most damning evidence of all:

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.

Luckily though, this real-life piece of shit is facing prison again - this time, though, instead of 35 days, he's facing up to five years. His sentencing scheduling hearing is set for next week.

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[via LA Times]