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'Girls Gone Wild's' Joe Francis Fights Woman Who Hit His Bentley

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By Andrew Chow, Esq. on January 05, 2012 2:27 PM

Joe Francis, creator of the "Girls Gone Wild" video series, apparently went a bit wild himself after a car crash in Beverly Hills.

Paparazzi snapped photos of Francis in handcuffs at the accident scene Thursday morning, celebrity website TMZ.com reports. But minutes later, police removed the cuffs and let Francis go free.

The incident made Joe Francis go wild was a car crash on world-famous Rodeo Drive. Francis got in a heated argument with another car's driver about who apparently caused the accident, TMZ reports.

Then things turned ugly.

Joe Francis broke out his cell phone camera and tried to take some accident photos, Francis tells TMZ.

But the female driver apparently snapped at the prospect of photographic evidence. She allegedly grabbed Francis' cell phone, and, as TMZ puts it, "the two engaged in mutual combat."

Both the woman and Francis suffered minor injuries in the skirmish, TMZ reports. No one was arrested.

The street fight could continue in court, as both parties' insurance companies learn more about what happened. Police now say Francis was to blame: He opened the door of his Bentley into traffic, and the other driver crashed into it, TMZ reports.

But we at least have to give Joe Francis props for trying to take photos of the accident scene. That's actually pretty responsible behavior for a producer who's faced legal trouble in the past for his controversial "Girls Gone Wild" videos.

Some other post-accident tips: Experts also suggest calling your insurance company immediately, speaking with witnesses, and even seeking help from an attorney. That way you can make sure the other party doesn't go wild in running over your rights. If only Joe Francis' car crash would've gone that smoothly.

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