According to Radar magazine, in 2004, Francis was kidnapped, held at gunpoint and videotaped in sexually degrading positions. He was subsequently blackmailed. In an interview on July 24, 2006, on The Adam Carolla Show, Francis stated that he was in fact kidnapped, held at gunpoint, and later blackmailed for the tape. He denied that he performed sexual acts, but stated that he was only forced to say "I'm from Boys Gone Wild, and I like it up the ass." The tape, or a copy of it, was recovered by the LAPD for use in the criminal trial of his assailant, Darnell Roley. On February 7, 2006, Riley pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years and eight months in Corcoran State Prison.
In a later interview on January 31, 2007, on The Howard Stern Show, Francis told Stern more details of the abduction stating that Riley, wearing a mask, came behind Francis while walking home and told him to get on the floor. Riley tied Francis up. Francis stated that Riley did in fact have a gun. During the interview Francis was audibly slow and seemed distant. Stern asked if Francis was on Oxycodone but Francis said he was not. Francis also told his tale on Dateline NBC on March 4, 2007.