UPDATED: November 12, 2012
And this insecure boy had a rather interesting childhood . . . ALLEGEDLY . . .
As this insecure boy became a man, he decided to turn the tables on those that he felt bullied him . . . ALLEGEDLY . . .
So the insecure man targeted beautiful young women who had ignored him by filming them in embarrassing situations and and producing gutter videos . . . ALEGEDLY . . .
As the insecure man made money, he acquired a false since of invincibility . . . ALLEGEDLY . . .
The insecure man thought he could do and say anything he wanted without concern for the truth . . . ALLEGEDLY . . .
After the insecure man raked up approximately $2 million dollars in gambling debts at the Wynn Casino in Vegas, the Casino sued the insecure man for recovery of the debts . . . ALLEGEDLY . . .
Vegas Mogul Steve Wynn was not happy with the insecure man’s false, slanderous comments . . . ALLEGEDLY . . .
So Vegas Mogul sued the insecure man for slander, defamation for attempting to ruin his reputation . . . ALLEGEDLY . . .
In or about September, 2012, Casino Mogul Steve Wynn was awarded $40 million dollars by a Jury, which included punitive damages . . .
. . . . NO ALLEGEDLY about it. . . . The Jury determined that Joseph Francis sought to defame Steve Wynn by making false statements about him and as such injured his reputation. In making these findings, the Jury determined that Joseph Francis LIED.
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Billionaire Wynn advised that he intends to donate the funds to battered women and wounded soldiers. A statement released by Mr. Wynn stated:
Joe Francis represents a new kind of criminal type: the digital assassin. He takes advantage of the protection afforded by the Internet to issue intentionally destructive charges against someone’s reputation, knowing full well that in the age of the Internet those statements will live forever.
His actions present a new challenge to society created by technology and the instantaneous news cycle. The inflammatory information goes up instantly and stays forever, unchallenged and unproven, to the misery and detriment of any citizen that is a victim. The only remedy is a long road, an expensive road, to a trial before 12 fellow citizens. Most citizens don’t have the time or the resources to defend themselves and find the truth in a courtroom before a jury of their peers.
In this case, with this unbelievably reckless human being, Joe Francis, I am a surrogate, a stand in, for all the people with any reputation or in any business, or even just a private citizen, who can be wildly attacked.
Thank God for the justice system that finally sent a message: if you think you’re taking a cheap shot, it may be a lot more expensive than you had imagined. Therefore, think before you post; think before you speak; hesitate before you start to destroy someone’s character. There may be a day of reckoning.
Moral of the story: Joe Francis shouldn’t be slandering Casino Moguls or wives of Night Club owners. So Joey might want to apologize to Romain Zago and Joanna Krupa because the foundation has already been LAID that he’s a big fat LIAR.
In or about November 12, 2012, the trial judge granted Francis’ motion to set aside the punitive portion of the verdict and upheld the verdict in the amount of $19 million. A punitive damage award must be based upon a Defendant’s net worth, since Wynn did not prove how much Francis was worth, the trial judge set aside the punitive portion of the $40 million award.
The trail judge refused to set aside the jury’s damage award in the amount of $19 million. It appears that Joe Francis has a long hard fight to get the remainder of the damage portion overturned since the trial judge strengthened the factual and legal conclusions.