After an altercation with Brody Jenner at Guys and Dolls nightclub in West Hollywood, California, late Thursday, Joe Francis spoke to MTV News and tried to clarify the night's events. The "Girls Gone Wild" founder said there is security footage of the incident that proves he didn't assault Jenner's girlfriend, Jayde Nicole, but that the
"This was an unprovoked attack," Francis said. "The security-camera footage pretty much confirms my account of the events entirely. ... I was talking with a friend of mine. I got punched in the back and then all of a sudden, [Jayde] poured a drink, and then a glass hits me in the head. I turned around. I reached over. I see it's a girl, the head of the girl. I wanted to turn her head around. I grabbed her hair, and the next thing I know, my shirt's being ripped. I'm punched in the face. I go into the submissive ball until the whole thing gets settled down."
Francis said he and Jenner were escorted from the club, and then he smoked outside with club manager Chris Kasteler. "Here's what I remember: I remember having a cigarette with Chris, and the next thing, I was on the ground, so I don't remember the punch, but [Brody] punched me," Francis said. "By the time I came to, I was being helped up and [club security] were chasing Brody around the parking lot. And they tased him to bring him down to the ground ... and then three guys jump on him, and then I sped away. It's all captured on video."
In terms of legal action, Francis said, "I have some injuries. I'm considering all options right now. My jaw is swollen. I have cuts and bruises all over my body. I'm pretty angry."
Francis is quick to point out that this isn't the first time the two have scuffled. A similar chain of events took place in March at another L.A.-area nightclub. "I mean, this is ridiculous," he said. "This is the second time this guy has attacked me. He attacked me once before in a nightclub. It was in March of this year."
Francis thinks Jenner wants to use these types of incidents to garner more fame for himself and doesn't believe an earlier interview Jenner gave on Friday (August 28) to TMZ saying his girlfriend is "not OK."
"This kid runs around Hollywood. His whole thing is to try and be famous," Francis said. "I would never hit a girl in my life, and the footage proves that. Brody is saying everything he can, 'cause he knows ... legally he is dead. It's on camera. He's trying to ... cloud the whole perception of this thing so that when his arrest comes, he's trying to destroy the facts of the story. Brody knows he's guilty."