'Girls Gone Wild' creator sentenced
August 28, 2013 10:50 AM

LOS ANGELES — “Girls Gone Wild” creator Joe Francis was sentenced Tuesday to 270 days in jail and three years’ probation for choking a woman and repeatedly slamming her head to the ground at his Los Angeles mansion in 2011.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Nancy L. Newman also ordered Francis, 40, to complete an anger management course and attend 52 sessions of psychological counseling, according to Deputy City Attorney Mitchell Fox.

A jury in May convicted Francis of five misdemeanor charges — three counts of false imprisonment, one count of assault by means likely to cause great bodily injury, and one count of dissuading a witness from reporting a crime.

Francis’ attorney Steve Levine said key details of the case were proven to be false in court, and he is appealing the decision.

“Joe has always maintained his innocence,” Levine said. He added that the judge “still came to a very fair and measured decision.”

According to Fox, Francis met three women on Jan. 29, 2011, at a college graduation party at the Supper Club in Hollywood. He grabbed the arm of one of the girls and took her to his limo, and the two others followed, believing they’d be taken to their car. Instead, they ended up in a gated area of Francis’ Bel Air home.

Francis appeared to be interested in one of the women and tried to lead her away, but her friend pulled back, Fox said.

Francis then “jumped on the friend, took her to the ground, choked her, slammed her head against the ground, dragged her across the ground, and when she got back up, did it several more times,” Fox said.

He then apparently told the women they were trespassing and had to leave. The women said they were going to call the police, and Francis yelled to “go ahead and call the police,” the prosecutor said. Judge Newman denied Francis’ request for a new trial Tuesday, but sentenced him to less than the four years in county jail urged by prosecutors.

Levine said Francis would be released from custody soon after posting a $250,000 bond Tuesday. He will remain free pending the outcome of the appeal.

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NEW YORK — Michael Buble is a father.

The pop singer posted a picture of his wife, actress Luisana Lopilato, and their son Noah on his Instagram account Tuesday. Buble’s representative confirmed the birth.

Lopilato gave birth to the couple’s first child early Tuesday in Vancouver, Canada.

The Canadian singer and the Argentine actress were married in 2011. The couple met in 2009 during a South American concert tour.

Buble, 37, is a Grammy-winning pop singer who has sold millions of albums, including “Crazy Love” and 2011’s “Christmas.” Lopilato, 26, made her name as a model and in Argentine sitcoms and soap operas.

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NEW YORK — After bringing Jackie Robinson to the big screen, Chadwick Boseman is going to try another icon: James Brown.

Boseman has been cast to play the Godfather of Soul in a planned biopic by “The Help” director Tate Taylor. The film from Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment is currently untitled. Mick Jagger and Brian Grazer are among the producers.

The project has been in development for years, with various actors and directors attached. It’s set to finally begin shooting this fall in Mississippi. In an interview Monday with The Associated Press, Taylor said of the great soul singer: “Those are big shoes to fill.”

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LOS ANGELES — Did Taylor Swift really utter an expletive to Selena Gomez when One Direction and former love interest Harry Styles took the stage for the MTV Video Music Awards?

Don’t ask Selena Gomez.

Swift’s seemingly foul-mouthed reaction shot lit up social networks and became an instant GIF. But Gomez reprimanded a reporter who asked what Swift said at the premiere of Gomez’s new film, “Getaway,” on Monday.

“Don’t try that with me,” Gomez told him.

The young star later said that she’s protective of her friends.

“I think girls need to be more supportive of each other. I definitely agree with that. I’m all about that,” she said. “Taylor has been one of those girls. We have been friends for five years. She is very strong. She doesn’t care what people think and she inspires me.”

Gomez won best pop video for “Come & Get It” at the ceremony Sunday and said she didn’t expect to win.

“So I am watching the beautiful boys, One Direction, who are not bad to look at, then they said my name. I looked at Taylor ... it was surreal. Because I do put so much work into my music. There’s so much talk of everything. But I did put my heart and soul into it so I was really excited. It was great.”

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OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma City police officer who pulled over the tour bus of rapper 2 Chainz “smelled an overwhelming odor of marijuana” when the driver opened the door, a police affidavit says.

Eleven people, including 2 Chainz, 35, were arrested Thursday after refusing to get off the bus for about nine hours following the traffic stop. The rapper, whose real name is Tauheed Epps, had performed with Lil Wayne and T.I. in Oklahoma City the night before.

The affidavit, filed Monday in Oklahoma County District Court, says the officer pulled over the bus on Interstate 40 early Thursday morning because none of the rear taillights on the passenger side were working.

The officer smelled marijuana when the driver of the bus, identified as Sedric A. Brooks, opened the door, the affidavit says, and the officer “could actually see smoke inside the bus around the door.”

2 Chainz and the others were charged with obstructing a police officer. All were released after paying $2,000 bail. Investigators say they found narcotics on the bus and that more charges could be filed later.

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