Tuesday, February 3, 2009

"Girls Gone Wild" creator arrested in LA

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis was arrested by U.S. marshals on Monday when he arrived five hours late to a court hearing over a request by his law firm to withdraw as his legal counsel in a tax case.

U.S. District Judge S. James Otero issued a warrant for Francis' arrest on Monday morning, when he failed to appear for the hearing at the set time, said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Francis finally arrived at the hearing in the afternoon, indicating he was suffering from the flu, and U.S. marshals arrested him, said defense attorney Melissa Weinberger.

Weinberger said that she would try to have Francis released after he is processed.

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