Maybe the Olympics have instilled a little patriotism in Joe Francis. How else to explain why the Girls Gone Wild founder has taken it upon himself to take one for the team, filing a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against his onetime Florida captors, all in the name of American justice?
Francis filed the paperwork in Los Angeles Superior Court today, alleging that the federal judge and opposing attorneys in a 2003 case in Panama City had illegally imprisoned him, worked together to all but hold him ransom in jail while denying him bail and otherwise bilking him into settling several pending legal actions while behind bars.
All told, his legal actions against city officials seek $300 million in compensatory damages.
Francis also took it upon himself to lay out his claims for the world in a video message posted on his official website—filmed complete with American flag backdrop—calling those involved in the circumstances surrounding his jail time a "small-town courthouse gang."