One of seven women a Newport Beach surgeon is charged with drugging and raping filed a civil lawsuit this week against the doctor and his girlfriend, alleging the couple assaulted her in The woman is seeking unspecified damages from Dr. Jones also prohibited Robicheaux from practicing medicine as a condition of his bail. That order was affirmed by the Medical Board of California, which restricted his license until after his trial. The plaintiff in the lawsuit says she was in her mids when she was introduced to the couple through a mutual acquaintance at a Halloween party in Robicheaux and Riley are accused of rape by drugs, kidnapping, oral copulation by anesthesia, assault with intent to commit sexual offenses and other crimes. They face up to 82 years and 63 years in prison, respectively, if convicted. During a court appearance in Newport Beach on Wednesday, Robicheaux was newly charged with sexually assaulting five women, while Riley was accused of being involved with attacks on three women. The pair initially were charged with drugging and raping two women.
Judge To Review Request To Dismiss Rape Charges Against Reality TV Doctor & Girlfriend – Update
Prosecutors are seeking to dismiss charges in a high-profile sexual assault case against a Southern California orthopedic surgeon and his girlfriend who were accused of kidnapping, drugging and raping several women in Grant William Robicheaux, 39, and Cerissa Laura Riley, 32, were accused of targeting women on dating apps, in multiple cities, and then drugging and sexually assaulting them while they were unconscious or incapacitated. But the Orange County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday said there isn’t evidence to prove such a case against them.
Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said his office would seek to dismiss all charges against the couple and claimed his predecessor, Tony Rackauckas, mishandled the case. Robicheaux had appeared on the Bravo TV reality show “Online Dating Rituals of the American Male,” and Spitzer, who was running against Rackauckas when the charges materialized, accused Rackauckas of using the high-profile case for political gain during his campaign run.
Prosecutors initially said there were more than 1, videos to support the case, but on Tuesday Spitzer claimed said there was “not a single piece of evidence or video or photo that shows an unconscious or incapacitated woman being sexually assaulted.
OC DNA NOT ON FILE: GRANT ROBICHEAUX, CERISSA RILEY on the Bravo television show “Online Dating Rituals of the American Male.
Grant Robicheaux. February 7, Prosecutors to drop rape charges for doctor from reality TV. Read More. February 5, Rape case to be dropped against doctor who was on reality TV. AP — Prosecutors are dropping charges that a doctor who appeared on a reality TV show and his girlfriend raped and drugged women in California after finding key video evidence never actually existed, an official said Tuesday.
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Grant Robicheaux. A former reality show contestant and prominent California surgeon has been arrested in connection to two sexual assaults, along with his girlfriend. During a press conference on Sept.
At the time, authorities alleged that the pair plied their victims with drugs and sexually assaulted them when they were incapable of resisting. But the high-profile case that grabbed international headlines has been mired in controversy and steeped in a contentious political battle between Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer, who took office about a year ago, and his predecessor Tony Rackauckas.
During his election campaign, Spitzer accused Rackauckas of improperly handling the case and using it to draw publicity. On Tuesday, Spitzer said that after having attorneys in his office review extensive evidence including audio and video recordings, text messages and documents, he decided to ask the court to dismiss the case. The case dates back to police investigations in into two incidents that weren’t referred for prosecution.
The following year, prosecutors were notified there was a DNA match for evidence taken from one of the alleged victims — but it wasn’t to the defendants, Spitzer said.
Reality Show Surgeon Accused of Raping Several Women with His Girlfriend to Have Case Dismissed
By Anita Bennett. Superior Court Judge Gregory Jones said he wants to review the case further. Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer had held a news conference this week to announce that the charges against orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jones gave attorneys on both sides until March 19 to file written arguments and asked for written copies of statements submitted by two alleged victims.
He scheduled another hearing for April 3. Grant Robicheaux and Cerissa Riley were charged in with drugging and sexually assaulting multiple victims.
Grant Robicheaux and his girlfriend, Cerissa Riley, had their lives “destroyed” by the allegations, their lawyer said. Then the case took a bizarre.
The DA said his predecessor “manufactured” the case just to try to get re-elected. Prosecutors in California announced they were dropping all charges against year-old Grant Robicheaux and Cerissa Riley, 33, after determining there was “no provable evidence” that the pair “committed any sexual offense. The District Attorney Todd Spitzer accused his predecessor Tony Rackauckas of manufacturing details about the case and repeatedly misstating evidence in order to garner headlines just to promote his reelection campaign.
In September , Rackauckas filed charges against the couple, accusing them of sexually assaulting two women. The first woman claimed she had met the pair in a restaurant in April of , and was “escorted” while intoxicated back to their apartment, where she was given multiple drugs and raped. The second woman claimed she met them in a bar in October of that year, had drank with them until she was unconscious and awoke to find them sexually assaulting her.
Rackauckas said that during the investigation, authorities seized videos from the couple’s phones showing as many as 1, incapacitated victims had been taken advantage of. His prosecutors claimed they preyed on victims at bars and festivals, such as the Man in Black Rock Desert, Nevada, the Dirtybird Campout Festival in Silverado, California, and the Splash House music festival in Palm Springs; following press conferences appealing for more alleged victims to come forward, six more did.
Robicheaux and Riley were charged with 17 felony counts each, including rape by use of drugs, and assault with intent to commit a sexual offense, and faced life imprisonment if convicted. We look forward to getting our lives back. We have and will continue to stay here to clear our names we worked hard to establish. Spitzer, who defeated Rackauckas in the November election for Orange County DA, ordered a review of the case after his predecessor admitted in a deposition given June “that he had used the case to garner media attention to help his re-election campaign.
During the three month review, investigators sifted through thousands of videos, photographs, documents, text messages and audio recordings covering a four year period — and found no evidence of sexual assault.
Judge weighing whether to dismiss rape charges against reality-TV surgeon, girlfriend
Robicheaux and Riley had been accused of using dating apps to target women and sexually assaulting them after they were unconscious or incapacitated. Each pleaded not guilty to 17 counts connected to multiple victims. Prosecutors, led at the time by Tony Rackauckas, initially said there were more than 1, videos to support the charges. Robicheaux, who appeared on the Bravo TV reality show Online Dating Rituals of the American Male , lost his medical license after the accusations became public.
He may be considering legal action.
Dr. Grant Robicheaux and his girlfriend, Cerissa Riley, had their lives “destroyed” by the allegations, their lawyer said.
Prosecutors filed more charges Wednesday against a Southern California surgeon and his girlfriend who are accused of drugging and sexually assaulting women. Both previously had been charged with drugging and sexually assaulting two women in He said seized videos appeared to show women that “the defendants were having sexual contact with, where it appeared that they probably couldn’t consent,” and he encouraged anyone else with information to come forward.
They are free on bail. Attorneys for Robicheaux and Riley have said they deny any non-consensual sex took place. Robicheaux is now charged with three counts of kidnapping with the intent to commit a sexual offense; four counts of rape by use of drugs; two counts of assault with the intent to commit a sexual offense; and one count each of forcible rape and oral copulation by anesthesia or controlled substance. He is also charged with four counts of possession of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of an assault weapon, according to the district attorney.
Riley is charged with three counts of kidnapping with intent to commit a sexual offense; three counts of rape by use of drugs; two counts of assault with intent to commit sexual offense; one count of oral copulation by anesthesia or controlled substance; and four counts of possession of a controlled substance.
Judge Will Not Dismiss Charges Against Newport Beach Surgeon and Girlfriend Accused of Sex Crimes
By Megan Sheets For Dailymail. A California surgeon and his model girlfriend who were accused of drugging and raping up to 1, women broke down in tears of relief when they learned that all charges against them will be dropped. Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer made the bombshell announcement on Tuesday that his office will seek to dismiss the case against Grant Robicheaux, 39, and Cerissa Riley, The pair were charged in with sexually assaulting multiple women while they were incapacitated.
Dr. Grant Robicheaux and his girlfriend Cerissa Riley AP the Bravo reality TV show called “Online Dating Rituals of the American Male,”.
A judge denied Friday a request by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office to drop charges against a Newport Beach surgeon and his girlfriend, who are accused of drugging and sexually assaulting multiple women. Superior Court Judge Gregory Jones said in February he needed more time to consider a request by prosecutors to drop charges against Dr. Grant Robicheaux, 39, and Cerissa Riley, Attorneys for the accusers want Jones to assign the case to the attorney general, who can take over the prosecution or hand it off to a special prosecutor.
Jones added that it was his “obligation to ensure integrity of all prosecutions,” but that no one has filed a motion to recuse the District Attorney, which is seeking dismissal of the case. If the District Attorney’s Office is recused, then the case would be assigned to the state Attorney General’s Office, which could keep the case or assign it to a special prosecutor. Defense attorney Philip Cohen demanded a preliminary hearing, but Jones noted that the defense has waived its right to a speedy preliminary hearing multiple times in the case, so the standard now is to schedule it in a “reasonable time” period, not within 60 days of charges being filed.
Prosecutors had filed a brief, saying they do not take the request “lightly,” and added, they “are acutely aware of the gravity of this request and the pain it may cause the alleged victims. In court Friday morning, the judge said he has concerns about the district attorney continuing to handle the case and that public confidence would be undermined if that office continues in the prosecution. Prosecutors say the couple “engaged in a swinger lifestyle and openly pursued scores of women for consensual sexual encounters.
Mass drug rape charges to be dropped against US surgeon and girlfriend
Grant Robicheaux, 39, and his girlfriend Cerissa Riley, 32, were charged in September by the county’s previous district attorney. The couple and their attorneys had repeatedly denied the accusations. First they were accused of drugging and raping women while recording their exploits on a cell phone. Grant Robicheaux and his girlfriend, Cerissa Riley, had their lives ” destroyed ” by the allegations, their lawyer said.
Then the case took a bizarre turn last week when a new prosecutor said he would drop charges against the California couple — citing insufficient evidence and claiming the previous DA used the case for political gain.
Grant Robicheaux and his girlfriend Cerissa Riley listen during an all charges against an Orange County surgeon and his girlfriend after.
All rights reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area. AP — Prosecutors are dropping charges that a doctor who appeared on a reality TV show and his girlfriend raped and drugged women in California after finding key video evidence never actually existed, an official said Tuesday. At the time, authorities alleged that the pair plied their victims with drugs and sexually assaulted them when they were incapable of resisting.
But the high-profile case that grabbed international headlines has been mired in controversy and steeped in a contentious political battle between Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer, who took office about a year ago, and his predecessor Tony Rackauckas. During his election campaign, Spitzer accused Rackauckas of improperly handling the case and using it to draw publicity.
Doctor, Girlfriend Accused Of Drugging, Raping Women
Grant Robicheaux and Cerissa Riley. Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer in early February made the surprise announcement that his office would seek a dismissal of the case, which had drawn international attention. Spitzer cited a lack of evidence and alleged mismanagement of the case by his predecessor. Robicheaux and Riley have denied that any non-consensual sex occurred.
During a Feb.
Prosecutors in California announced they were dropping all charges against year-old Grant Robicheaux and Cerissa Riley, 33, after.
Police are urging potential victims to come forward after a reality TV doctor and his girlfriend were arrested and charged with raping two women. Orthopaedic surgeon Grant W Robicheaux, 38, of Newport Beach and Cerissa Laura Riley, 31, of Brea were arrested on September 12 after being charged with rape by use of drugs, oral copulation by anaesthesia or controlled substance, and other crimes.
The two women who were allegedly assaulted met the pair during social encounters. The second defendant, being a female, is key. The pair allegedly gave the victim multiple drugs and then sexually assaulted her while she was incapable of resisting. The woman called police the next day, and a forensic exam found multiple controlled substances. Robicheaux is also accused of possessing two illegal, unregistered assault rifles, four other firearms and several large-capacity magazines.