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“Girls Gone Wild” Founder Loses In Court

LAS VEGAS (AP) — “Girls Gone Wild” founder Joe Francis thought he’d beaten the house out of a $2 million gambling debt, but the Nevada Supreme Court says he’ll have to pay anyway.

The Silver State’s top court ruled Thursday that a lower court was right to grant summary judgment favoring the Wynn Las Vegas casino because Francis abused his constitutional rights by refusing to answer even simple questions during a deposition.

Nevada Supreme Court spokesman Bill Gang told The Associated Press on Friday that the civil ruling stands despite a ruling by a Las Vegas judge last month that cleared Francis of criminal wrongdoing. Gang says civil and criminal cases have different standards of proof.

Francis, his lawyer and the Wynn Las Vegas casino did not immediately respond to requests seeking comment.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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