Monday, August 07, 2006

Joe Francis Gone Wild

Or How A Soft-Porn Kingpin Could Use A Good P.R. Man (Not Woman) In A Hurry
I'm not sure whether to offer Claire Hoffman of The Los Angeles Times kudos or my sympathy for a riveting profile of "Girls Gone Wild" guru Joe Francis, complete with her being manhandled by her subject.
Whether the guy was serious or just in love with his public party-all-the-time persona is hard to tell.
Hoffman declined to press charges, which in hindsight may have been a mistake, after you read exchanges like this:

He rubbed my shoulder. His gestures were oddly gentle—even fond. I felt sick.

"I'm sorry," he said, reaching over to tousle my hair. "We love our little reporter. Don't we guys? We love our little reporter."

I stared down at the dirt as he whispered in my ear, "I'm sorry, baby, give me a kiss. Give me a kiss."

She felt sick. And so did we.

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