UPDATED with David Guillod statement EXCLUSIVE: In the next few minutes, Extraction executive producer David Guillod will turn himself in to law enforcement in Santa Barbara to face multiple charges of sexual assault.
The 11 felony counts, including kidnapping, revolve around three women who have been identified as Jane Does by Santa Barbara District Attorney Joyce Dudley’s office, I’ve learned.
At least one of the cases occurred at a corporate retreat in Santa Barbara in 2014, which is no small part why the more than two-year investigation into claims against Guillod was shifted from the L.A. County D.A. and the office’s Sex Crimes Division led by Deputy DA Paul Thompson. “It is agreed by Jackie Lacey, the District Attorney of Los Angeles County that offenses alleged to have committed by the defendant in Los Angeles County should be prosecuted by the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office,” noted the June 13 filed complaint against Guillod.
Accompanied by his lawyer Philip Cohen, the former Primary Wave Entertainment co-CEO is surrendering himself at the sheriff’s department headquarters in the tourist-friendly coastal city. Guillod is expect to post the $1 million bail that the Santa Barbara D.A. has set for him and be on his way fairly quickly after that. (UPDATE: 4:11 PM: Though the warrant said $1 million, the bail was changed to $3 million in the Sheriff’s department this morning by the day. Guillod is still there and in a holding cell with his lawyers aiming to get him out tomorrow. “Bail was increased to 3 million dollars as that is the amount we felt was appropriate in this case,” Senior Deputy DA Jennifer Karapetian told Deadline this afternoon. )
With the possibility of Guillod serving up to 21-years behind bars if found guilty, a date for an official arraignment hearing will be announced probably later this week. However, a spokesperson for Guillod made it clear that the producer is fighting the charges — as they said in a statement issued soon after Guillod arrived in Santa Barbara:
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. We find the unification of the cases filed through the Santa Barbara DA’s office and the timing suspicious.
An overwhelming amount of evidence has been collected over the course of this investigation disputing these charges. DNA has come back negative in the Los Angeles case; percipient witnesses have come forward in support of Mr. Guillod’s account of events; and numerous text messages and emails obtained by the defense tell a story very different than that which is being alleged. Additionally, Mr. Guillod has passed five independent polygraph examinations.
Mr. Guillod has been vilified for eight years without being afforded the opportunity to examine under oath his accusers. 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.
The cases unveiled Monday stem from allegations made against the Atomic Blonde executive producer back in late 2017, sources tell me, with at least one of them involving a former assistant to Guillod. Strongly denied by Guillod at the time, settlements were reached in those cases by Primary Wave, I hear.
In November 2017, Ted actress Jessica Barth said that her former manager Guillod drugged and assaulted her during a 2012 dinner meeting. Barth reported the attack to the LAPD at the time, but withdrew her claims after Guillod threatened her with career-destroying legal action. New allegations against another women in late 2017 led to Barth to go back to police with her own claims. That duo of assault allegations led to Los Angeles County D.A. Jackie Lacey’s office opening its own probe into the matters.
Criminal Minds actress AJ Cook sued Guillod, her former manager, for $1.6 million in early 2019 for not disclosing his “sexual predator” past. An omission, among other allegations, that Cook claimed hurt her reputation as an advocate for women. The Final Destination 2 actress had actually been sued herself by Primary Wave in October 2018 over claims of unpaid commissions.
Guillod was axed from Primary Wave on November 4, 2017, the day after Barth’s claims were made public. “Primary Wave Entertainment and David Guillod have agreed to part ways effective immediately, David Guillod has resigned from the company,” the management company said in a terse statement at the time.
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