Film producer David Guillod has been hit with 11 felony charges including rape, kidnapping to commit rape, and rape of a drugged victim.
The charges, filed by the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s office, stem from three incidents in May 2012, December 2014 and January 2015, involving four women. A $1 million warrant was issued for Guillod’s arrest on June 12.
Guillod surrendered to Santa Barbara authorities on Monday morning, and was expected to be released on bond, according to a source. Bail was set at $3 million, and Guillod was still in custody in the Santa Barbara County Jail late Monday afternoon.
A spokesperson for Guillod said he maintains his innocence and looks forward to clearing his name.
“Mr. Guillod has been vilified for eight years without being afforded the opportunity to examine under oath his accusers,” the spokesperson said. “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.”
Of the three incidents, only one — the one in 2014 — occurred in Santa Barbara. The other two took place in Los Angeles, but all three are being prosecuted in Santa Barbara by agreement among the prosecutors’ offices. The cases were investigated by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department and the LAPD.
If convicted, Guillod faces a maximum sentence of 21 years to life in prison.
Guillod resigned as co-CEO of Primary Wave Entertainment in November 2017, after actress Jessica Barth accused him of drugging and sexually assaulting her. Barth alleged that the incident occurred in 2012, and took the case to the LAPD at the time.
Guillod was an executive producer on the 2017 film “Atomic Blonde,” and more recently produced “Extraction,” the Netflix film starring Chris Hemsworth.
Guillod faces four counts in connection with the first incident, on May 21, 2012: 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. On the Dec. 14, 2014, incident, he faces three more charges: kidnapping to commit robbery or rape, rape of a drugged victim, and rape by fraud. The final incident, on Jan. 30, 2015, involves two alleged victims and entails two counts of rape by fraud and two counts of rape of a drugged victim.
On the December 2014 incident, prosecutors charged two sentencing enhancements: one for kidnapping and a second that forecloses the possibility of probation or a suspended sentence for certain sex crimes.
Guillod is represented by defense attorney Philip K. Cohen.
In the statement, his spokesperson also said that he has amassed evidence contradicting the allegations, including a DNA test in one of the cases as well as text messages and emails.
“An overwhelming amount of evidence has been collected over the course of this investigation disputing these charges,” the spokesperson said. “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.”
Guillod was initially investigated in Los Angeles, but all three cases have been filed by the Santa Barbara authorities.
“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,” his spokesperson said. “We find the unification of the cases filed through the Santa Barbara DA’s office and the timing suspicious.”
Update, Tuesday 3:45 p.m.: Guillod was held overnight in jail. According to Cohen, his attorney, the bail was unexpected raised to $3 million on Monday after Guillod agreed to surrender on the $1 million warrant.
At a hearing on Tuesday morning, Guillod pleaded not guilty. His attorney successfully argued that the bail should be lowered back to $1 million, and Guillod is expected to be released shortly.