After watching the shocking video of Joe Francis attacking Jayde Nicole in a nightclub in August, retired Los Angeles Police Department Lieutenant Raymond Foster exclusively told RadarOnline.com: "He should absolutely be arrested for this."
Lt. Foster also says: "If the officers saw the video or if they'd had the benefit of seeing the video, I think you have felony battery."
"They've both committed crimes," Foster said of the incident where Jayde Nicole poured a drink on Francis and he grabbed her by her hair from behind and dragged her through the bar, "Two wrongs don't make a right, but yanking a woman by the hair, dragging her like that, that is absolutely a more serious crime."
As the founder of the controversial Girl Gone Wild franchise, Francis isn't known for being a law abiding member of society. "Here's a guy whose activities are by definition misogynistic," said Foster. "Here's a woman who pours a drink on him. What any other guy would do is maybe push her, maybe throw a drink on her, but more than likely walk away. This guy doesn't do that. This guy is an animal."
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Meanwhile, Dana Cole, a prominent Southern California defense attorney says that the violent attack Jayde Nicole suffered at the hands of Joe Francis is, "so shocking." Cole added: "It appears to be a very unreasonable response to what Jayde did to him, pouring a shot on Francis."
Cole goes on to say, "In my thirty years experience, my clients have been charged with battery for far less than what is depicted on the video."
The case is still an open investigation and police have not yet submitted the case to the Los Angeles District Attorney's office. Jayde Nicole has slapped Francis with a million dollar lawsuit stemming from the incident.
Adding to his legal woes, Francis is set to be formally sentenced on tax evasion charges in November.
Francis worked out a plea deal with the government in which he will pay a fine of $250k, and Cole says the fact that Joe is currently under criminal investigation could cause him some problems. "It certainly wouldn't help at the time of sentencing for Francis to be under criminal investigation. It can complicate a sentencing hearing, and allows a prosecutor to say this guy doesn't seem to get it on how one behaves."