Joe Francis is having a bad week.
Jailed in Florida for criminal contempt on Tuesday and indicted in Reno for tax evasion on Wednesday, the Girls Gone Wild creator has now been charged with bribing a jail guard for a bottle of water and possessing prescription sleeping pills in his cell, the AP reports.
According to court records in Florida, Francis offered the guard $100 for a bottle of water on Wednesday evening. When guard turned him down, Francis showed him $500, investigators said. Jail inmates are not allowed to have cash.
Supervisors then searched Francis's cell and discovered 16 prescription medications, including Lunesta – a sleeping pill – and the anti-anxiety medication lorazepam, court records show.
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The new charges include bribing a public servant, three counts of possessing a controlled substance and five counts of introducing contraband into a detention facility.
The AP reports that Francis could face up to five years in prison for the alleged crimes, which are third-degree felonies.
On Thursday, Scott Barbour, the president of Mantra Films Inc., which produces the Girls Gone Wild videos, was arrested for supplying Francis with the pills and cash, Bay County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Ruth Sasser told the AP. He was charged with introduction of contraband into a detention facility and is expected to appear in court on Friday.