Joe Francis Is Socked With $20M in Punitives

Rhett Pardon

LOS ANGELES — Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis has been ordered to pay casino mogul Steve Wynn another $20 million.

The additional $20 million is for punitive damages decided by a Los Angeles jury.

Yesterday the jury ordered him to pay the same amount after Wynn claimed Francis made false claims that Wynn threatened to have him murdered over a gambling debt.

With the original $2 million gambling bill and a $7.5-million defamation judgment awarded by a Nevada judge earlier this year, Francis owes Wynn about $49.5 million.

Francis, who has an estimated $150 million net worth, told TMZ he will contest the verdict and expects the decision to be overturned.