Actress Jessica Barth has accused Atomic Blonde producer David Guillod of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 2012.
The 37-year-old star, most famous for her role in 2012 comedy movie Ted, originally reported the alleged incident at the time, but Guillod, who acted as her manager at the time, is said to have threatened her with a lawsuit if she pressed charges.
However, after another actress reached out to her with a similar accusation about Guillod, Barth decided to revive her allegations, and spoke to the Los Angeles Police Department on Thursday (02Nov17) about her claims.
Guillod’s attorney Thomas M. Ferlauto told The Wrap that Barth’s allegations were investigated by the LAPD in 2012 but witnesses’ accounts were found to contradict the actress’ story.
But Barth contested that, stating: “Nothing was found to be unfounded. I just stopped pursuing it because he threatened to sue me. I wasn’t in a place emotionally or financially to take him on legally.
“I want to prosecute him. I want to do whatever is in my power to make sure this never happens to another woman.”
Barth opened up about her alleged experience with Guillod in a blog post last week (end29Oct17), in which she didn’t name the mogul but claimed she had blacked out after having some wine with him during dinner.
“The next thing I remember is waking up at home with six hickeys on my neck,” she wrote. “I was horrified. I was completely and utterly confused and I was sick to my stomach. Through email, he tried to play it off as a silly make-out session between friends. He sent me message after message begging that we talk and letting me know how upset he was and that he couldn’t sleep because of the pit in his stomach.”
After her blog post, Barth claims she was contacted by a woman with a similar story about Guillod, which apparently happened around three years ago.
Barth has previously come forward with claims that disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein propositioned her for sex in a hotel room in 2011. She told her Ted co-star Seth MacFarlane about the alleged incident, which led to the comedian making a reference to the producer during the 2013 Oscars.