EXCLUSIVE: Jayde Nicole's Lawyer Says Joe Francis Lawsuit Is A Bully Tactic

Oct. 27 2009, Published 4:42 a.m. ET

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Responding to media reports that Joe Francis will sue Jayde Nicole and Brody Jenner over a nightclub melee, Nicole's attorney Ron Richards tells exclusively that the move is just another example of the Girls Gone Wild Founder's need for retaliation.

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"We will be responding with an Anti-SLAPP motion as this lawsuit is retaliation for her exercising her right to file a police report for being a victim of a crime," Richards said. "Joe Francis can try and bully her all he wants but she won't capitulate." Anti-SLAPP lawsuits attempt to protect the rights of persons who engage in protected speech and aim to shield such persons from forces who may try to intimidate them into silence.

An Eyewitness Gives An Account of the Attack

Richards says Nicole was exercising her free speech by filing a police report. Nicole claims Francis pulled her hair and knocked her to the ground while Francis claims Nicole threatened to kill him. He has also said that he was fearful for his life, claiming he saw Nicole reach for a bottle which he believed she was going to hit him with.

Nicole Sues Francis exclusively obtained the disturbing surveillance video from the incident at Guys & Dolls. Nicole does not reach for an object at any time during the tape.



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