'Girls Gone Wild' creator charged with assault

By the Associated Press | August 23, 2011 | 2:45 PM EDT

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2010 file photo, Joe Francis, producer of the "Girls Gone Wild" videos, arrives at a screening of the film "The Next Three Days," in Los Angeles. Francis and his bodyguard surrendered Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, on charges stemming from a January altercation with three women, who authorities claim Francis tried to prevent from leaving his home. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Girls Gone Wild" creator Joseph Francis has been charged with assault, false imprisonment and other misdemeanor crimes over allegations he attacked a woman he met at a Hollywood club.

The Los Angeles city attorney's office says the 38-year-old video king and his driver/bodyguard are charged for a January altercation that began when three women got into his limousine outside the Supper Club.

Prosecutors say the women thought they were being driven to their car but were taken to Francis's gated home, where a struggle occurred during which he slammed one woman's head on a tile floor.

Francis says he has eight eyewitnesses and security camera footage that proves he is innocent. He says the women were fighting with themselves and were asked to leave his house.