Joe Francis apologizes for 'retarded' jury remarks during interview

Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   May 23, 2013 at 10:33 PM   |   0 comments

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May 23 (UPI) -- Joe Francis, who made himself a multi-millionaire with the popular "Girls Gone Wild" video series, railed against the jurors who recently convicted him of assault and false imprisonment in an expletive-laden rant published by The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday.

"I want that jury to know that each and every one of you are mentally f***ing retarded and you should be euthanized because, as Darwin said, you have naturally selected yourself," he said in the taped interview.

"You are the weakest members of the herd. Goodbye! And if that jury wants to convict me because I didn't show up, which is the only reason why they did, then, you know, they should all be lined up and shot!" Francis added.

The 40-year-old entrepreneur apologized Thursday saying that he has never been "a violent person."

"I deeply regret the remarks attributed to me in the interview with the Hollywood Reporter. They were hurtful and do not reflect my true feelings," Francis said in a statement.

"While I disagree with the jury's verdict as I am completely innocent of the charges and intend to appeal, I was afforded a fair trial, and if I lose at the appellate level, I will reluctantly but fully accept the jury's verdict," he added.

All that was publicized were my most intemperate remarks that were borne out of frustration but with no intent to cause anyone harm. I am not, nor have I ever been a violent person.”

I want to apologize to all the jurors, the court, the City Attorney and my attorneys for my comments that were manipulated by the media, and please know I am truly ashamed of my conduct. I am truly, truly sorry. I hope everyone will understand I was not being serious and that I fully and deeply apologize for my remarks.

Earlier this month, Francis' was found guilty of imprisoning three women at his Los Angeles home after meeting them at a club in 2011. The women accused Francis of preventing them from leaving his gated home in Bel-Air.

Watch the explosive interview below:

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