AceShowbiz - Hollywood producer David Guillod is maintaining his innocence over the sexual assault allegations against him. Shortly after being slapped with 11 felony charges that include rape and kidnapping, the executive producer of Netflix's "Extraction" voiced suspicion over its timing through his lawyer Philip Cohen.
"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," Cohen said in a statement to the press. "We find the unification of the cases filed through the Santa Barbara DA's office and the timing suspicious."
The lawyer further pointed out that "an overwhelming amount of evidence has been collected over the course of this investigation disputing these charges." He added, "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," Cohen continued. "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."
Guillod was charged with kidnapping to commit rape and rape of a drugged victim among other crimes on Monday, June 22. According to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office, the charges stemmed from incidents involving three unidentified women in May 2012, December 2014 and January 2015.
The May 2012 assault was said to take place in Los Angeles and involved a sexual penetration of an unconscious victim. The December 2014 incident, in the meantime, happened in Santa Barbara County where a second Jane Doe victim alleged to be kidnapped and raped while being unconscious due to an unknown substance, and the January 2015 presented similar assault.
On Monday morning, Guillod surrendered himself to Santa Barbara authorities accompanied by his lawyer. His bail was increased from $1 million to $3 million dollars, and up until late Monday afternoon, he reportedly remained in custody in the Santa Barbara County Jail. If convicted of the crimes, he faces a potential sentence of 21 years to life in prison.
Back in 2017, actress Jessica Barth came forward with an accusation of drugging and sexual assault against Guillod, who was working as her manager at time of the alleged incident. The "Ted" actress filed a complaint with Los Angeles police at the time, but no charges were filed.