L.A. Jury Awards Casino Mogul Steve Wynn $20 Million in Slander Suit

Steve Wynn and Joe Francis (AP)LOS ANGELES, Sept 10 (Reuters) - A Los Angeles jury awarded casino owner Steve Wynn $20 million in damages on Monday in his defamation suit against Joe Francis, creator of the "Girls Gone Wild" video series, who Wynn accused of slander for claiming the Las Vegas mogul wanted him killed.

The lawsuit accused Francis of publicly stating on several occasions, including during a national television broadcast, that Wynn wanted to have Francis killed over a gambling debt and buried in the desert.

Wynn maintained that such an accusation could undermine his business empire in a state like Nevada, where the gambling industry is tightly regulated.

The verdict in Wynn's favor capped a week-long trial during which he and Francis both testified, as did music producer Quincy Jones.

The Los Angeles County Superior Court jury began deliberating the case on Friday, after Wynn's lawyer asked for$12 million in compensatory damages for his client for emotional distress and damage to his reputation.

In addition to awarding Wynn $20 million in compensatory damages, the jurors also found that Francis acted with malice, setting the stage for a second phase of the trial to determine whether punitive damages should be ordered. That phase of the trial begins on Tuesday.

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Salve Tutti!

Get over yourselves! You have nothing better to do than threaten and spend your days in court to gain a huge sum, when in reality, you've lost nothing. Both of them, idiots. Horrible, selfish people. Perhaps if Wynn gave the sum to local homeless, or something, I could bear it, but of course, this isn't the case nor would they even ever think of it! Why, too, would someone, threaten to kill another person, publicly, and then bury them in the desert? Stupidity gone wild. Nation gone wild. A people, gone wild and I, for one, have had it!

September 15 2012 at 2:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
percheron1

[A Los Angeles jury awarded casino owner Steve Wynn $20 million in damages on Monday in his defamation suit against Joe Francis, creator of the "Girls Gone Wild" video series, who Wynn accused of slander for claiming the Las Vegas mogul wanted him killed.]...If Steve Wynn really wanted him dead...Joe would have been planted in the desert and never found...

September 13 2012 at 3:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
usedbmw3305

THIS STORY SHOULD HAVE BEEN NAMED ......TWO SCUMBAGS SUE EACH OTHER!

September 12 2012 at 1:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Steve

That Francis guy...what a freak. Wouldn't bother me at all if he ended up broke and homeless.

September 11 2012 at 11:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Marty Hunter

Rich people are sooooooo funny how they think money will fix their emotional problems. Esp since Wynn is loaded anyway. If Wynn really wanted to punish Francis, he would have had him serve time, not give him more money. It's all about the mighty dollar for Wynn.

September 11 2012 at 10:11 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
john

Money Talks, Bullshit Walks !

September 11 2012 at 9:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bossy

Dumb

September 11 2012 at 7:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kimberly Chapman Har

It is about time someone nailed this sleazy piece of trash . . . again. His trademark money maker is Girls Gone Wild, and that should say it all. He has been sued so many times and has spent time in prison (not sure what for), but I can promise he has done more illegal things than we all know about. HEY NBC, guess who he hangs out with . . . YUP, that's right Kim K. If you haven't heard, today NBC aired an interview with Kris Karashian about her boob job instead of doing a moment of silence in respect for the 9/11 victims. I suppose trash supports trash.

September 11 2012 at 6:31 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
muscle3332007

I hope Brody Jenner sues him(Francis) next for publicly saying that he( Jenner) has a tiny penis. I think he said something like the smallest penis in Hollywood. I thought the comment was so vile when Francis said it and Jenner has been out of sight since then. It clearly impacted his career as perception becomes reality in Hollywood..

September 11 2012 at 6:00 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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dgoffnspector

What would it take to make the rest of that bunch go away, I wonder?

September 11 2012 at 10:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Steve

No that is about right...Francis would be the one to know a detail like that.

September 11 2012 at 11:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
joerorl

joe is a first class scumbag.

September 11 2012 at 12:19 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply