Michael Goguen, the Silicon Valley billionaire, has vehemently denied claims that he keeps a ‘harem’ of women in a small Montana town, catalogued his more than 5,000 sexual conquests in a spreadsheet, and has local cops on his personal payroll.
Goguen, 57, a former partner at venture capitalist Sequoia Capital who was fired by the firm over a sexual misconduct allegation in 2016, is also accused of paying an underage woman to keep quiet about their sexual relationship, according to the New York Post.
‘The ridiculous and defamatory published in the New York POST article yesterday was the “last gasp” attempt by recently convicted felon Matthew Marshall to cause my family and I as much damage as possible before his upcoming sentencing,’ Goguen told the Post on Sunday.
Marshall is one of four former employees of Goguen’s Amyntor Group LLC, a security contractor, who filed a 135-page lawsuit against their onetime boss in February
The legal filing alleges that Goguen, who is currently married to his fourth wife, allegedly kept a ‘harem’ of ‘numerous women, including married women, strippers, and prostitutes,’ who he bought homes for and used for ‘illicit sexual activity.’
Marshall, the former head of Amyntor who quickly grew to become Goguen’s ‘right-hand man,’ pled guilty to wire fraud and other charges earlier this month.
Michael Goguen, 57, is the subject of an $800 million lawsuit by former employees who say they helped manage a ‘harem’ of women who were used for sex by the tech investor
Goguen said the allegations were ‘a “last gasp” attempt by recently convicted felon Matthew Marshall to cause my family and I as much damage as possible before his upcoming sentencing.’ Marshall is a former employee of Goguen who was one of four ex-workers to file a lawsuit against him
Goguen was fired by Sequoia Capital, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, after he was sued by Amber Baptiste (above), who claimed that she was sexually and physically abused by him
He admitted to pretending to be an elite member of the Marine Corps and asked Goguen for money for ‘off the books’ missions, according to the Flathead Beacon.
The explosive lawsuit claims the investor met with the women at various safe houses or at a ‘boom boom’ room in the basement of his bar in Whitefish, a small town in Montana where he now lives.
The married billionaire, who has two children, once asked his employee to arrange a hit on a former friend who knew too much about his personal life, according to the lawsuit.
A retired Whitefish police chief now says that Goguen – whom he compared to serial predators Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein – ‘has to be stopped.’
These are the latest allegations of sexual impropriety leveled against Goguen, who in 2016 was accused of ‘countless hours of forced sodomy’ by his former girlfriend, exotic dancer Amber Baptiste.
Some of the encounters, which allegedly involved underage women, took place in the basement of Casey’s, a bar owned by Goguen in Whitefish, Montana
The lawsuit lays out a complex operation headed by Goguen to protect his simultaneous affairs.
The breakdown of the operation, and the employees who helped it run, can be traced through multiple guilty pleas by former employees and associates who threatened to speak out about the alleged scheme.
The tech investor is worth more than $5billion, according to the New York Post.
He flew some of the women in his private $42 million jet.
‘Marshall was being asked to purchase, out of his personal accounts, vehicles, jewelry, earnest money deposits on properties, and to provide cash or other items for Goguen’s mistresses, or as hush-money payoffs to Goguen’s acquaintances and employees who had “learned too much” about Goguen’s sexual misconduct and crimes, and the Goguen Sexual Scheme,’ the lawsuit states.
‘Goguen informed Marshall it was best to have him pay the property expenses, especially any expenses that were solely for Goguen’s safe houses, out of his personal account to avoid his then wife Jordana from discovering that Goguen owned a number of properties that he used extensively for extramarital affairs because Jordana had visibility over Goguen’s accounts at that time.’
The lawsuit, which is asking for $800 million in damages, claims various violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) act.
Goguen, who is currently married to his fourth wife, allegedly operated a series of ‘safe houses’ in Whitefish, Montana so that he could have his affairs in private
The tech investor appears to have moved to Montana to start a new investment firm after he was let go from Sequoia Capital in 2016 over Baptiste’s allegations
‘Countless hours of sodomy’: Amber Baptiste claims Goguen kept her as a sex slave
Former girlfriend and exotic dancer Amber Baptiste accused Goguen of physical and sexual assaults in 2016. A judge later dismissed her suit and ruled in favor of Goguen’s countersuit
In 2016, Canadian exotic dancer Amber Baptiste accused Michael Goguen of ‘constant sexual abuse’ that included ‘countless hours of sodomy.’
In court papers, Baptiste alleged that Goguen insisted that she refer to him as ‘king’ and ’emperor.’
Baptiste claimed that Goguen ‘forcibly sodomized her and left her bleeding and alone on the floor of a hotel room in a foreign country.’
The injuries from the alleged 2012 incident were so severe that Baptiste was forced to undergo surgery for a ruptured anal canal.
Baptiste filed a $40million lawsuit against Goguen, who responded with a counter-lawsuit.
After a three-year court battle, Goguen won the legal battle. He managed to secure a restraining order that prevented Baptiste from filing similar lawsuits against him in the future.
It accuses Goguen of offering ‘gifts’ to the women – including alcohol, travel, jewelry, cash and health care expenses – ‘to perform other deviant sexual acts with him, and/or to maintain their silence as part of the Goguen Sexual Enterprise.’
He gave one woman a credit card and bought her a five-bedroom home after her husband, a prominent businessman, found out about their affair and began divorce proceedings, according to the Post.
Goguen also allegedly gave Eric Payne, who did construction for Goguen, an office in the basement of Casey’s Bar, an establishment that he owns in Whitefish.
The office ‘was passcode protected, had a built-in full size stripper pole, and commonly referred to as the “boom boom” room where he and Payne could procure young women to engage in sexual acts with them for money, drugs or other items of value as part of the Goguen Sexual Enterprise.’
Goguen was vindictive against those who tried to put a stop to his nefarious activities, according to the lawsuit viewed by DailyMail.com.
His friend Bryan Nash called him a ‘pedophile’ after Goguen brought his two daughters to Nash’s house but later absconded with their high-school-aged babysitter to have sex with her in a cottage on the property.
The age of the babysitter is not clear.
‘Goguen threatened to kill Nash if he “said anything to anybody” about his “character flaw,” later telling Nash that he “owns Montana” and “supplies law enforcement,'” the lawsuit states.
Goguen then began having sex with Nash’s wife and paying for her divorce proceedings, allegedly costing Nash more money in a drawn out legal battle.
He used Marshall to investigate and harass Nash, who went to authorities ‘to no avail,’ the lawsuit states.
In September 2014, Goguen texted Marshall using the encrypted texting service Wickr, writing: ‘Nashf*** has pushed me too far and his occasional reminders he might help blow the lid off my personal life requires an extreme response. The cyber route isn’t having the impact on him that I was hoping to achieve,’ according to the lawsuit.
‘Buddy, he’s f*****with my life, career, etc. and the potential for me being destroyed if he gets traction with the authorities or press is significant. This requires an extreme response. He will f***** destroy the “bigger picture” for us if he’s not stopped.
‘He needs to be killed. I know that’s a VERY big ask but we are in defcon 5. We can discuss details in person but we do NOT have conversations about this on our cell phones. Wickr only…’
Marshall did not try to have Nash killed, the lawsuit states.
In May 2020, Nash pled guilty to one count of blackmail after prosecutors say he threatened to release negative information about Goguen if he didn’t pay him $250,000 to cover his divorce proceedings, according to the Flathead Beacon.
Former Whitefish police chief Bill Dial (center left) called Goguen ‘a billionaire a la Harvey Weinstein and Epstein,’ saying people in the community are ‘afraid of him’
Goguen is from Bedford, Massachusetts, according to the Post.
He went to Cornell and Stanford universities, where he studied electrical engineering, and joined Sequoia Capital – an early investor in Google, YouTube and PayPal – in 1996, according to his LinkedIn.
He was let go from his job at Sequoia after Amber Baptiste accused him of physical and sexual assault over a 13-year period after he picked her up at a Texas strip club, according to the Post.
She said he sodomized her for ‘six hours at a time’ and forced her to call him ‘king’ and ’emperor’ in a lawsuit asking for $40 million.
Goguen then told Marshall to act as his ‘general 100x more aggressive than Patton was, to coordinate and make sure everything is happening that should be happening — PR firms, private investigators criminal side, local PR, everything,’ according to February’s lawsuit, emphasizing the lengths he was willing to go to, and the money he was wiling to spend, to punish those who hurt him.
Back in 2016, Sequoia called Baptiste’s allegations ‘unproven and unrelated to Sequoia’ but said that Goguen’s departure ‘was the appropriate course of action.’
Goguen is reportedly worth about $5 billion. A lawsuit filed in February claims he had sex with a teenager, paid her to recant her allegation and bribed local police to keep quiet
In 2019, a judge dismissed Baptiste’s lawsuit for failing to provide relevant documents or to submit to a medical examination, according to TechCrunch.
A different judge then found that Baptiste committed fraud and extortion and granted Goguen a restraining order preventing her from repeating her claims, according to the Flathead Beacon.
The latest lawsuit does not name any of the allegedly 100 women in Goguen’s ‘harem.’
It does note, however, that he’s bought some of them homes, including a multi-million dollar home in Santa Monica, California for a woman whom he allegedly got pregnant multiple times but paid to have abortions.
Retired Whitefish Police chief Bill Dial, who is also suing Goguen, told the Post: ‘This man has to be stopped. He’s a billionaire a la Harvey Weinstein and Epstein. There’s a lot of people in this community who know what he’s about and they’re afraid of him.’
Goguen’s employees say that a detective by the name of Shane Erickson was ‘forced to resign’ after failing to investigate sexual assault allegations against Goguen while ‘improperly accepting gifts and other compensation’ from him.
‘Mr. Erickson was forced to resign from his position as a Police Detective with the Whitefish Police Department for failing to investigate the alleged conduct by Goguen and improperly accepting gifts and other compensation from Defendant Goguen while employed with the Whitefish Police Department,’ the lawsuit states.
The teenager, identified only as Pam Doe, was given alcohol and cocaine by Goguen, Payne and a third individual, the lawsuit states.
In an email she wrote to her lawyer, she said she had been asked to pop out of a cake at a party when she was 17, wherein after she was ‘roofied’ and asked to be an ‘escort,’ to multiple men.
During the course of his investigation, Erickson told Marshall that Goguen admitted he paid her $1,200 to have sex with him.
‘During the course of April, May and June 2018, Det. Erickson openly shared with Marshall the fact that he was spending time with Goguen, including having dinner at his house, spending time on Whitefish lake, going on a coyote hunt and doing other leisure activities with their families,’ the lawsuit says, adding that Goguen took Erickson via private jet on his ‘yearly week-long ~$20,000 elk hunt in Colorado with private guides.’
Pam Doe eventually recanted her allegations. She was allegedly ‘forced to sign a non-disclosure and non-disparagement agreement’ and paid off.
Whitefish police did not immediately respond to a request for comment from DailyMail.com.