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Steve Wynn takes control of “Girls Gone Wild” creator’s Bel Air mansion

The casino mogul has been battling with Joe Francis in court since 2012
February 26, 2019 02:00PM

From left: Joe Francis and Steve Wynn

After years of trying, disgraced casino mogul Steve Wynn has finally wrested control of a Bel Air mansion from his legal foe, “Girls Gone Wild” creator Joe Francis.

Wynn has been squabbling with Francis over the 6,500-square-foot mansion since 2012, when a jury ordered Francis pay Wynn $19 million for slanderously claiming Wynn threatened to kill him, according to Yolanda’s Little Black Book.

He took possession of the home through a foreclosure, despite Francis’ attempts to shield the mansion from Wynn using shell companies and bankruptcies.

The 0.89-acre property is valued at $6.7 million. It has five bedrooms and seven baths. Neighbors include legendary record producer Quincy Jones and hedge fund manager George McCabe.

Wynn, a billionaire who lost control of his company Wynn Resorts last year amid sexual misconduct allegations from dozens of women, likely won’t be moving in. He’s got his own 20,000-square-foot mansion in Beverly Hills.

As for Francis, he’s hasn’t lived at the Bel Air home in a number of years, according to Yolanda. He owns a 40,000-square-foot mansion in Punta Mita, Mexico, that he rents out regularly to celebrities. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have rented the sprawling property, called Casa Aramara.

But all is not well south of the border. In late 2017, a judge ordered that Francis not be allowed to take any profits from the property until he pays off his debts. [Yolanda’s Little Black Book] — Dennis Lynch