PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) -- The multi millionaire founder of the "Girls Gone Wild" video empire has pleaded guilty to contempt of court and has been sentenced to 35 days in jail.
Joe Francis, who is being sued by seven women who were minors when filmed, apologized today to the judge for yelling at the plaintiffs during settlement talks.
Francis drew the contempt charge during negotiations to settle the federal lawsuit brought after his production company filmed the women at Panama City Beach in 2003.
A judge ordered Francis to settle the case or go to jail for contempt of court. When talks fell through, Francis lashed out at the judge in the media, calling him a "judge gone wild" and questioning the judge's authority to order a settlement.
Francis has since reached an undisclosed settlement with the seven women.