Girls Gone Wild Founder Denied Chance for Bond

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) - The founder of the Girls Gone Wild video empire has been charged with bribing a jail guard for a bottle of water and having prescription sleeping pills in his Panama City cell.

Joe Francis waived his right to a bond hearing for a contempt of court charge when he learned of the new charges.

He's charged with bribing a public servant, three counts of possessing a controlled substance and five counts of introducing cash and drugs into a detention facility.

The charges are third-degree felonies punishable by up to five years in prison.

Francis drew the contempt citation last month during negotiations in a federal civil lawsuit brought by seven underaged women filmed by his company in 2003.

Earlier Thursday, attorneys for the women announced they had reached a settlement in the case. Francis' spokesman also said there was a settlement in the case, but would not give further details.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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