About 4 years ago, Joe Francis was on the receiving end of a crime that involved his being videotaped in a sexually explicit manner without his consent (or signed release form). His house was broken into, and when Francis returned home, a masked man was waiting there for him. The man bound and gagged Francis, stole a bunch of valuables, then pulled Francis's pants down, strategically placed a dildo by his ass, and forced Francis to say, in various "corny and creepy" ways that Francis was gay. The masked man — who later turned out to be (sexy) Hollywood conman Darnell Riley — then tried to blackmail Francis for up to $500,000 for the tape. And he would've gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for Paris Hilton, who was also being blackmailed by Riley. (She was the idiot who befriended him and introduced him to her social circle to begin with.) With Paris's help, police were able to arrest Riley, who copped a plea and is currently serving 8 years in prison for robbery and extortion. The irony is that he'll probably be a free man in a few years while Francis will likely be serving his term on tax evasion charges. The clip explaining the case, from VH1's documentary Hollywood Blackmail, is above.
@freedc: darnell also kidnapped him for like 30 minutes when he drove him away from his residence while bound and gagged and then left him at the bottom of the hill. that's probably why his sentence was so high. also because he had previously served time on murder charges.
and i think he DID stick the dildo in francis's ass. i think vh1 was just being nice to joe, who didn't want to come off too gay or something.