Joe Francis and AVN Recognize an Industry Icon

joe francis with steve hirschLifelong friends in and outside of the business, Joe was asked to present Vivid Entertainment Founder Steve Hirsch with the Visionary Award at the 2012 AVN Awards in Las Vegas. Hirsch became the first recipient of the prestigious honor after spending a couple of decades transcending a sometimes challenging industry while virtually making Vivid a household name. Joe opened with an eloquent intro saying, “I’m humbled and honored to present this award to a visionary, a mentor and a true friend of mine,” before a packed house at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on the famous Vegas strip.

Joe and Steve at the AVN red carpet arrivals
Joe presents Steve the AVN Visionary Award

Joe Francis Kicks Steve Wynn’s Ass In Las Vegas Court

Joe Francis Kicks Steve Wynn's Ass In Las Vegas CourtJoe beat the house and walked away with a decisive victory in a courtroom battle with Las Vegas casino owner Steve Wynn, who had accused Joe of failing to pay a non-existent gambling debt back in 2007. News of Joe’s impressive triumph made headlines across the country. Wynn reportedly pressured the Las Vegas District Attorney’s office to file criminal charges against Joe in what amounted to a civil dispute over a bogus gambling debt that Joe has denied owing from the beginning. Joe was exonerated of all charges when District Court Judge Linda Bell agreed with Joe and threw the case out of court after finding absolutely no evidence of wrongdoing on Francis’s part. “I have maintained my innocence in this matter from the start,” Joe said. But he’s not letting Wynn off easily. “I think it was disgusting that Wynn attempted to manipulate banking records to try to make this a criminal case. I will do everything possible to make sure justice is served in this matter and that I am compensated for the damage that these false charges have caused to my reputation.”

A Night In The Madhouse - A Night In The MadhouseJoe recently took in a night of wild entertainment courtesy of friend Jeff Beacher at a revolutionary Vaudeville-inspired theater in Hollywood’s Roosevelt Hotel called, appropriately, Beacher’s Madhouse. The show has been drawing celebrities and the power elite with its signature mix of Dancing Oompa Loompas, sultry singers, live monkeys and goats, a Mini Lady Gaga, beautiful burlesque dancers, live bands and DJs, Giant Bunny Rabbits, Pink Gorillas and thousands of variety acts. Joe’s friendship with Beacher began with an infamous incident in 2004 during which Beacher stripped down to his Speedo and plunged into a Vegas casino’s 10-foot-deep aquarium to promote his show. Joe, who happened to be passing by, stopped to watch the spectacle when clueless and overzealous hotel security guards assumed he was involved and tried to take him into custody. Beacher appeared on local TV stations to publicly vouch for Joe’s innocence and they’ve been friends since. “Joe has been coming to Beacher’s Madhouse since the very beginning,” says Beacher with a smile. “We’ve been friends ever since he saw me in that Speedo!” View News Report of the Vegas Incident here.

What Happens In Vegas - What Happens in Vegas

The January issue of OK! Magazine featured Joe‘s attendance at an exclusive Kid Rock concert at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Joining Joe were Khloe Kardashian and pal Mario Lopez. While in Vegas, Joe oversaw a Girls Gone Wild Magazine photo shoot and was followed around Sin City by camera crews gathering footage for an upcoming HDNet reality TV series featuring Girls Gone Wild’s Search for the Hottest Girl in America.