Newport Beach surgeon Grant Robicheaux and his model girlfriend appeared in court for a preliminary hearing on Thursday after a judge recused himself from case as victims spoke about how they were allegedly drugged and raped.
Robicheaux, 40, was initially charged in 2018 with plying seven women with drugs and raping them at their Southern California home. His girlfriend Cerissa Riley, 34, was charged in connection with five victims at the time.
Robicheaux, who appeared on Bravo TV’s Online Dating Rituals of the American Male, and Riley have pleaded not guilty, saying the sex was consensual.
Former Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said in September 2018 that the couple may have abused as many as 1,000 women and that he had troves of video evidence to prove it.
The ongoing case has seen a number of bizarre twists and turns that led one judge to recuse himself and the Orange County district attorney’s office to try to have the case dismissed, saying it believed there was insufficient evidence to proceed.
A woman who accused Robicheaux of raping her told Orange County Superior Court Judge Frank Ospino that she wanted to be heard, despite her case not being included in criminal filings against the reality TV doctor, KCAL reported.
Newport Beach surgeon Grant Robicheaux and his model girlfriend appeared in court for a preliminary hearing on Thursday
Robicheaux, 40, was initially charged in 2018 with plying seven women with drugs and raping them at their Southern California home
Robicheaux, left, and his girlfriend Cerissa Riley, right, were initially charged in 2018 with plying women with drugs and raping them at their Southern California home
‘I’ve begged a judge not to dismiss my case,’ the woman said, ripping the case as a ‘complete travesty’ during the daylong hearing.
‘I told Robicheaux I didn’t want to have sex with him.’
The case was reassigned to Judge Ospino in July after Orange County Superior Court Judge Steven Bromberg decided to recuse himself, KCAL reported.
Defense attorneys had reportedly filed a motion to disqualify Judge Bromberg from the case, claiming he had shown bias. Judge Bromberg denied the motion and the claims against him – but he recused himself anyway.
Last August, another judge ordered the case be turned over to the state’s attorney general’s office after District Attorney Todd Spitzer accused his predecessor, Rackauckas, of manufacturing the case to bolster his reelection campaign.
Spitzer had filed a motion requesting to dismiss the case, but Orange County Superior Court Judge Gregory Jones denied the request.
During a hearing in May, the state prosecutors had asked to dismiss 10 charges involving six of the seven alleged victims.
‘We have no reason to believe that any of these victims are being untruthful,’ but a review found that some allegations couldn’t be proved beyond a reasonable doubt, the prosecutor said.
Judge Frank Ospino addresses the court during pre-trial hearing of Newport Beach doctor, Grant Robicheaux, and his girlfriend, Cerissa Riley, on Thursday
Marsy’s Law attorneys Michael Fell, left, and Matt Murphy at the pre-trial hearing Newport Beach doctor, Grant Robicheaux, and his girlfriend, Cerissa Riley, who are charged with drugging and sexually assaulting several women on Thursday
Attorney Philip Cohen speaks during a hearing for Grant Robicheaux, rear left, and Cerissa Riley, rear second from left, the Newport Beach doctor and his girlfriend accused of drugging and raping multiple women, during a hearing in superior court on Thursday
The motion said a review found that some allegations couldn’t be proved beyond a reasonable doubt.
Noting twists and turns in the case, Judge Bromberg said it is ‘becoming the never-ending story.’
Before recusing himself, Judge Bromberg granted a motion from prosecutors to dismiss charges related to two victims, KCAL reported.