Brody Jenner, Jayde Nicole, Joe Francis

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UPDATE: A judge ordered Francis to pay at least $30,000 to Nicole to cover her legal fees after he filed a cross-complaint that "infringed upon her free speech rights," said her attorney, Ronald Richards.

Next time you're tempted to pull a Playmate's hair...don't.

Brody Jenner's lady friend, Playboy beauty Jayde Nicole, has sued Joe Francis for $1 million over the trio's he-said, they-said dustup at a Hollywood club last month.

Nicole and Jenner have claimed that Francis left her bruised and battered outside Guys & Dolls after she poured a drink on him, supposedly to discourage him from getting too chummy with her pal Abbey Wilson, who's also Francis' ex.

Francis, who last month showed E! News scratches and bruises on his neck that he said were from the altercation, has maintained that he may have "accidentally grabbed" Nicole's hair out of surprise when she tossed her glass at him, and that Jenner just started wailing on him for no good reason.

Francis has threatened to sue Jenner for daring to imply that he would ever hit a girl.

But from Nicole's perspective, as stated in the suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court: "In an intoxicated and uncontrollable rage, defendant Francis, who weighs over 200 lbs, physically attacked plaintiff Nicole, approximately 115 lbs, by pulling on her hair from behind to gain maximum control over her person and then violently shoving and/or throwing her to the ground of the nightclub like a rag-doll."

The model wants $1 million, plus punitive damages, to compensate her for a range of injuries both emotional and physical, including a "black-eye, swollen face, bruised ribs, sore and bruised abdomen region, bruised arms and legs, ripped-out hair, and utter emotional distress and humiliation."

And it was only yesterday that Francis emerged triumphant from an L.A. courthouse after striking a deal that will put his income-tax troubles behind him and keep him out of prison.

Taking time out from planning Lamar Odom's bachelor party, Francis released this statement today to TMZ:

"Jayde Nicole is an absolute and total liar. Her prior statements about the incident are not only slanderous and defamatory, but actionable...The only thing that Jayde Nicole is famous for is having a tattoo of the word 'respect' above her vagina...for which we all know she has none of."

Guy's got a way with words, doesn't he?


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