Since he was sent to jail on April 10 for criminal contempt, Francis, who boasts of bedding the likes of Paris Hilton and Tara Reid, has been withering under the pressure of prison.
His lawyer, Aaron Dyer, told News Herald of Panama City, Fla., that Francis was cut off his anxiety medication and also kept awake at night by constant light.
"He can't sleep. He hasn't eaten properly. He's prone to anxiety attacks," Dyer said. "I know if it was me, I'd be cold and frustrated. Joe has been breaking down, and Joe Francis does not break down."
Francis' troubles began in 2003 when he was charged with using minors in a sexual performance during that year's spring break festivities at Panama City Beach. Seven young women sued him and Francis's temper tantrum during a civil mediation caused the judge to charge him with contempt.
Francis then failed to surrender to authorities on April 5, as the judge had ordered. He finally surrendered on the 10th, but the judge said Francis had to serve five days in jail for every day he was in violation of the order, the Herald-News reports.
He made this latest legal trouble worse when two days after he arrived in jail, officers discovered smuggled prescription drugs and cash. Since then he has been residing in segregation. For a time, his closest neighbor in the ward was a convicted cop killer, Robert Bailey, who Dyer said taunted Francis endlessly.
"Bailey would sit there and yell, 'Girls Gone Wild! Joe Francis! Whoo!' over and over again," Dyer told the News-Herald. "It was driving Joe crazy."
Although Bailey was transferred to another facility, Francis is still having trouble enduring and Dyer said he suffered an anxiety attack when he missed the medication cart and could not receive his anxiety medication.
Although Francis plead guilty to one charge of criminal contempt, according to the Herald-News, he still has a difficult road ahead. He still has 23 days left to serve and a $5,000 fine to pay. And according to TMZ, Florida state officials plan to arrest Francis for bringing contraband to jail after he is released.