When we last saw Joe Francis, he was making an unwelcome ass out of himself at Sundance. As hard as it is to believe, someone would actually like to see him again. U.S. District Judge S. James Otero issued a warrant for the Girls Gone Wild creator’s arrest today after he failed to show up in court and could not be reached by telephone.
Francis was needed for a hearing to decide whether his lawyers could remove themselves from his tax evasion case, due to “strategic differences of opinion” (maybe they didn’t like the idea of teaming up with Larry Flynt to ask for a government bailout). Francis’ trial, which concerns his decision to make $20-30 million in phony deductions from 2002 to 2003, is scheduled to to begin on March 31st. Hopefully he’ll find a law firm that can stand him by then. Or not. We’re psyched either way.