Default Judgement Window Closing on Girls Gone Wild Porn Mogul
“Girls Gone Wild” mogul Joe Francis has less than a week to find a lawyer — and avoid a possible default judgment — in a case in which four women accuse him of sexually exploiting them when they were minors.
After three years of litigation, the lawsuit is set for trial March 28. The plaintiffs sued Francis and three corporate entities he controls for “filming them exposing their breasts and and/or engaging in sexually explicit conduct” for videos in the popular “Girls Gone Wild” series.
On March 16, U.S. District Judge Richard Smoak entered a default judgment against the corporate defendants because Francis had failed to obtain counsel for them. Now Francis could suffer the same fate himself unless he can convince Smoak that he had good reason not to appear at a pretrial hearing March 15.