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Joe Francis of 'Girls Gone Wild' headed to anger management

"Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis must complete a year of psychological counseling and anger management as part of a sentence for assault and falsely imprisoning three women.

Francis was sentenced Tuesday to 270 days in jail and three years probation after his conviction on five charges stemming from a Jan. 29, 2011, incident.

The judge handed down the sentence after denying Francis' lawyer's motion for a new trial. The judge told Francis the women "were very credible" and that he needed anger management for his "temper."

He was ordered held in lieu of $250,000.

"Whether a celebrity or not, you will be held accountable for your misdeeds," former City Atty. Carmen A. Trutanich said in a statement at time of the conviction.

The victims told police they had gone to the Supper Club in Hollywood to celebrate a college graduation and had a brief conversation with Francis.

At closing time, Francis grabbed one of the women by the hand and took her to his limo. The two other women followed, believing Francis would give them a lift to their car.  

But during the ride, Francis' bodyguard and driver allegedly produced sheriff's badges and did not allow the women to get out of the limo.

The group was taken to Francis' gated home, where a physical altercation ensued between Francis and two of the women as he allegedly attempted to pull one of them away from the others, authorities said.

Francis grabbed one of the women by the throat and hair and pushed and slammed her head into the tile floor four times, according to authorities.

The women were escorted out of the house and allegedly told a taxi would not be called and paid for if they called the police. Authorities said Francis threatened the women if they called police.

While in a taxi driving back to Hollywood, the women called 911 and met LAPD officers where their car was parked. The results of the investigation were forwarded to the city attorney’s office for prosecution.

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