Hollywood Elite David Guillod Charged With Multiple Sex Crimes
Powerful movie and TV executive booked on 11 felony charges
Hollywood executive David Guillod has been arrested and charged for allegedly committing 11 sex crimes, including rape and kidnap to rape, according to reports.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office in California confirmed the charges in a press release obtained by Fox News.
The police statement confirms 53-year-old David Guillod, of Sherman Oaks, California, turned himself in to the sheriff's headquarters on Monday.
Guillod reportedly handed himself in after the department's issuance of a warrant for his arrest.
Guillod, who served as executive producer of the 2020 film "Extraction" and the 2017 movie "Atomic Blonde," among others, was booked on 11 felony charges, the release states.
Accompanied by his attorney, Guillod surrendered to police after a three-year investigation led to him being charged with the rape and sexual assault of four women.
He faces a total of 11 felony charges for the incidents spanning back to 2012, and a maximum sentence of 21 years to life in prison, Santa Barbara prosecutors said.
Guillod denies all the charges, his lawyer said.
"Mr. Guillod has been vilified for eight years without being afforded the opportunity to examine under oath his accusers," said Philip Cohen in a statement to AFP.
"Justice is rarely swift and often does not come easy, but Mr. Guillod very much looks forward to clearing his name in the appropriate forum."
Santa Barbara prosecutors did not name the accusers on the charge sheet.
Guillod has been publicly accused of sexual assault by 'Ted' actress Jessica Barth, who said the producer had drugged her during a 2012 meeting, and first reported the allegations to the Los Angeles Police Department the same year.
The case was investigated by Los Angeles police but closed two years later.
Barth was also among the many women in the movie industry who were subjected to inappropriate and in a number of cases criminal behavior by convicted rapist and disgraced former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who is currently serving a 23-year sentence.
Barth went public with the allegation in 2017, in the wake of the #MeToo movement, and after another actress reportedly contacted her with a similar account, and returned to the LAPD asking officials to pursue the investigation.
The actress claims that she went to dinner with Guillod and another woman, and started to feel drowsy while at the table.
She said she then remembers waking up "at home with six hickeys on my neck.
"I was horrified. I was completely and utterly confused and I was sick to my stomach."
Guillod stepped down as chief executive of Primal Wave Entertainment soon after.
On Monday, he was charged with incidents involving three unnamed women in Santa Barbara, and one in Los Angeles on May 21, 2012, that will be prosecuted in Santa Barbara.
An alleged kidnap and rape in Santa Barbara took place on December 14 2014 at a company wine country retreat, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The woman reportedly received a $60,000 payment that required her to sign a non-disclosure agreement before leaving the company, the LA Times said citing sources familiar with the investigation.
The woman, who The Wrap reported to be one of Guillod's assistants, came forward in 2017 upon hearing of other women reporting sexual assaults by the producer and claims he took her from her bed at the company retreat and allegedly raped her.
Two employees of the country retreat who saw her immediately after she was with Guillod at the time said she was confused and upset.
One described her as "hysterical."
A third attendee and the person close to the assistant agreed that Guillod sexually assaulted her.
Guillod was also charged with the rape of two unconscious and intoxicated women over a 48-hour period in January 2015, weeks after the alleged attacks in December 2014 - one from Santa Barbara County and another from Los Angeles County.
Police did not provide the identities of the two women who said Guillod had attacked them in 2015.
For the alleged attack in May 2012, Guillod was charged by prosecutors with sexual penetration of an unconscious or unaware victim, sexual penetration of a drugged victim, oral copulation of an intoxicated victim, and oral copulation of an unconscious or unaware victim.
With regard to the alleged attack in December 2014, he has been charged with kidnapping to commit robbery or rape, rape of a drugged victim, and rape by fraud.
For the alleged attack on January 30, 2015, he was charged with two counts of rape by fraud and two counts of rape of a drugged victim and for the alleged attack on the following day, he has been charged with one count of rape of an unconscious person and one count of rape of a person prevented from resisting due to an intoxicating, anesthetic or controlled substance.
Cohen, the attorney, said Guillod had cooperated with law enforcement, and evidence including emails and text messages "tell a story very different than that which is being alleged."
"We find the unification of the cases filed through the Santa Barbara DA's office and the timing suspicious," he added.
The lawyer claimed in a statement: "For the past eight years, Mr. Guillod has denied these allegations, and for the past eight years, Mr. Guillod has fully cooperated with all aspects of law enforcement’s investigation."
The date for his arraignment has not yet been set.