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'Girl Gone Wild' creator Joe Francis sentenced to 270 days in jail 

Aug. 27, 2013 at 3:24 PM ET

Joe Francis, the founder of the "Girls Gone Wild" video empire, was convicted of false and imprisonment and assault.
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Joe Francis, the founder of the "Girls Gone Wild" video empire, was sentenced in connection to false imprisonment and assault charges on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Three months after being convicted of false imprisonment and assault charges, "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis was sentenced to serve 270 days in jail, a Los Angeles Superior Court spokeswoman told NBC News on Tuesday. 

Francis, 40, was found guilty in May of three counts of false imprisonment, one count of assault causing great bodily injury and one count of dissuading a witness during an incident in his Bel Air mansion in 2011. He will also serve 36 months on probation, attend psychological counseling for one year, and an anger management course as ordered by Superior Court Judge James R. Dabney.

The judge also levied $250,000 bail, allowing Francis to remain out of jail as his case goes through the appellate process if he pays the fine, the spokeswoman said.

The charges stem from an incident in January 2011 in which, prosecutors say, Francis took three women home following a night out and refused to let them leave. He was also charged with attacking one of the women and bashing her head onto his tile floor.

After he was convicted, Francis lashed out at the jury in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, shouting, "I want that jury to know that each and every one of you are mentally f---ing retarded and you should be euthanized because, as Darwin said, you have naturally selected yourself."

He later apologized for his tirade. "I deeply regret the remarks attributed to me in the interview with The Hollywood Reporter," he said. "They were hurtful and do not reflect my true feelings. While I disagree with the jury's verdict as I am completely innocent of the charges and intend to appeal, I was afforded a fair trial, and if I lose at the appellate level, I will reluctantly but fully accept the jury's verdict."

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