Casino Mogul Wins Defamation Suit Against "Girls Gone Wild" Creator

Jury awards $20 million


A Los Angeles jury awarded casino mogul Steve Wynn $20 million Monday in his slander suit against "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis — a sum 10 times the gambling debt that sparked the dispute.

The L.A. County Superior Court jury found that Francis knowingly made false statements when he told reporters and others that Wynn threatened to kill him and bury his body in the desert over a $2-million bill he ran up during a multi-day gambling spree in 2007.