David Guillod, who made his mark in Hollywood as a expertise supervisor and the chief producer of the film “Atomic Blonde,” has been charged with sexually assaulting a number of ladies over the previous decade, his lawyer stated on Monday.
He had stepped down from his place as co-chief government of Main Wave Leisure, a expertise company, in 2017 after the actress Jessica Barth had accused him — at first without naming him, in a weblog put up, and later on-line by identify — of drugging and sexually assaulting her when he was her supervisor in 2012.
Mr. Guillod’s lawyer, Philip Cohen, confirmed that he was charged with 11 felony counts, together with rape, and that he surrendered to the authorities in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Monday morning. Different ladies had come ahead to the police apart from Ms. Barth, The Wrap reported in December 2017, saying that the authorities in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara had been investigating Mr. Guillod. It was not instantly clear which accounts led to prison fees.
Most not too long ago, Mr. Guillod served as the chief producer of “Extraction,” a thriller that was launched by Netflix in April. “Atomic Blonde,” starring Charlize Theron, was launched in 2017.
In an announcement on Monday, a spokeswoman for Mr. Guillod stated that “for the previous eight years, Mr. Guillod has denied these allegations, and for the previous eight years Mr. Guillod has totally cooperated with all elements of regulation enforcement’s investigation.”
The assertion stated that an “overwhelming quantity of proof has been collected over the course of this investigation disputing these fees” and that Mr. Guillod appears ahead to clearing his identify.
The accusations stem from a interval when Mr. Guillod labored as a expertise supervisor, working his personal firm, Mental Artists Administration, which introduced a merger with Main Wave in 2015.
In a civil swimsuit final yr, an actress, A.J. Cook dinner, greatest recognized for her function in “Legal Minds,” supplied detailed accounts of accusations by a number of ladies in opposition to Mr. Guillod. The authorized case erupted after Ms. Cook dinner left the company as these accounts surfaced. Main Wave then sued her, looking for greater than $300,000 in fee charges it stated she owed.
In her countersuit, Ms. Cook dinner, who had employed Mr. Guillod as her supervisor, accused Main Wave and Mental Artists Administration of withholding details about the sexual assault allegations in opposition to him. The end result of the lawsuit in opposition to Ms. Cook dinner and her countersuit are nonetheless pending.
Ms. Cook dinner’s swimsuit stated the businesses didn’t disclose details about the accusation by Ms. Barth, who, it stated, had initially gone to the police however backed off after Mr. Guillod threatened to sue her.
Ms. Barth resumed pursuing prison fees in 2017 after she heard about accounts of further ladies, the lawsuit stated.
The lawsuit additionally listed accusations that Mr. Guillod sexually assaulted his feminine assistant when she was inebriated at an organization retreat in 2014 and that he had drugged and sexually assaulted a feminine shopper and her good friend in 2015.
After Ms. Cook dinner filed her lawsuit, a spokesman for Mr. Guillod told The Wrap that Ms. Cook dinner’s countersuit was an “try to distract from her personal monetary legal responsibility.”