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'Girls Gone Wild' founder apologizes for 'appalling' interview quotes

May 23, 2013 at 10:30 AM ET

Joe Francis.
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Joe Francis.

Joe Francis is apologizing for "appalling" remarks he made in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, where the "Girls Gone Wild" founder railed against "mentally f------ retarded" jurors in his latest legal dust-up and said they "should all be lined up and shot!"

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Francis issued this statement Thursday morning:

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. 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. This was a 6 hour interview with the Hollywood reporter where I detailed to the reporter all of the evidence and why I believed the evidence showed I am 100% innocent. The reporter also interviewed my attorney David Houston for over 3 hours, but failed to include one shred of evidence from the trial that proved beyond a reasonable doubt my innocence. I did NOT commit a crime at all whatsoever. All that was publicized were my most intemperate remarks that were borne out of frustration but with no intent to cause anyone harm. I am not, nor have I ever been a violent person. 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. I am truly, truly sorry. I hope everyone will understand I was not being serious and that I fully and deeply apologize for my remarks.

Convicted "Girls Gone Wild" mogul Joe Francis breaks silence: "Retarded" jury "Should Be Shot Dead"

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