Ever ignore calls from work, show up five hours late and blame the flu? Of course you haven’t—you’re not an idiot who wants to get fired. Now imagine using that excuse in court. Judge S. James Otero issued arrest warrant for Joe Francis when he failed to show up in court yesterday morning, and the Girls Gone Wild-man blamed the flu when he finally appeared on the steps five hours later. “He’s been as sick as can be,” said Melissa Weinberger, a lawyer who has yet to drop Francis over “strategic differences of opinion.”
Despite Francis’ sniffles, the arrest warrant stood and the porn entrepreneur was dragged away by U.S. Marshals. If found guilty at his tax evasion trial (scheduled for March), the porn merchant could face up to ten years in prison.