A member of the defense team for shoves a cameraman as Newport Beach doctor Grant Robicheaux and his girlfriend Cerissa Riley walk into court Wednesday morning.
The pair is already facing decades in prison, and are now looking at potential life sentences.
The Orange County District Attorney says five new women claim that Robicheaux and Riley kidnapped, drugged and raped them, bringing their current victim count to seven.
The orthopedic surgeon and his girlfriend were in court to plead not guilty.
Philip Cohen, Robicheaux’s lawyer questioned why two of the alleged victims now say they were kidnapped.
“And so it raises the question of why is that being alleged now,” said Philip Cohen. “What new information, if any, did Brittany and Cathleen provide? And why was that not alleged just a month ago during initial complaints?”
With the new kidnapping charges, the DA hoped for a bail of $3 million for the defendants.
But the judge decided on $1 million.
Officials say the victims all tell similar stories of meeting Grant Robicheaux and Cerissa Riley in local bars and restaurants, having a drink and feeling extremely intoxicated.
When the victims then wake up in Robicheaux’s home on the Balboa Peninsula, according to authorities, they report having been forcibly raped and sexually assaulted by the couple.
Outside of court the defense explained it this way, “it is Grant and Cerissa’s absolute position that no non-consensual sex ever took place.”
Guns and drugs were seized from the doctor’s house this past January, nine months before sex charges were filed.
The first two victims came to police years earlier. Yet the DA insists the investigation was done right.
“If we just make an arrest on probable cause, then we don’t have what it takes to back that up and bring the evidence to court and get the conviction,” explained Tony Rackauckas, Orange County DA. “We can have the case thrown out of court in a few days.”