Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis was arrested on misdemeanor assault charges and spent Friday night in jail. He was released early Saturday morning on $20,000 bail, according to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department website.
The 41-year-old was taken into custody for an altercation that reportedly took place at the Girls Gone Wild offices. Police are investigating whether Francis was in violation of a restraining order when he entered the building.
Francis has been involved in a number of legal battles, including a case in which three women accused him of assault and false imprisonment, and a slander charge brought against him by casino mogul Steve Wynn. In that ruling, a court ordered Francis to pay Wynn millions for defamation. Francis’ company, GGW Brands, subsequently filed for bankruptcy in February 2013.