Joe Francis, bodyguard charged in Hollywood party altercation
The L.A. city attorney's office charged "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis and his bodyguard Tuesday with multiple misdemeanors related to a physical altercation with three women after a party in Hollywood.
Francis, 38, faces three counts of false imprisonment, one count of dissuading a witness from reporting a crime and one count of assault causing great bodily injury.
Vagram Gegdzhyan, his driver and bodyguard, faces additional criminal counts of impersonating a public officer with intimidation and one count of fraudulently using a badge.
If convicted of all counts, Francis faces up to five years in county jail and/or $13,000 in fines. Gegdzhyan could face up to six years.
The case stems from a January incident in which the female victims in the case went to Supper Club in Hollywood to celebrate a college graduation.
Near the end of the evening, the women met Francis and briefly had a conversation before he left. After the club was closing, he allegedly grabbed one of the women by the hand and took her to his limo.
The two other women entered the limo believing they were being taken to their car.
The group was taken to Francis’ gated home, where a physical altercation ensued between Francis and two of the women as he allegedly attempted to pull one of them away from the others.
During the altercation, 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 women were escorted out of the house and allegedly told a taxi would not be called and paid for if they called the police.
While in the taxi driving back to Hollywood, the victims called 911 and met LAPD at the location of their parked car, the city attorney's office said in a statement.
-- Andrew Blankstein