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Fish wars have broken out in the English Channel as French trawlers confronted their British counterparts – firing flares and throwing frying pans.

Two British boats – the Girl Macey, skippered by Scott Glover, and the Golden Promise, by Brian Whittington – fishing for scallops were involved in the skirmish.

The vessels, both based out of Brixham in Devon, were surrounded by around 20 French boats and were pelted with objects including frying pans and rocks.

The French crews even threw oil at the Gal Macey before firing a flare at the ship, with the violence sparking fears that there could be a death as hostilities worsen.

Ministers have put in place a ‘five-fold increase in our enforcement capacity’ over the last year in preparation for a possible ‘Cod War’ stand-off with European trawlermen.

Fishing remains one of the key sticking points to a Brexit deal, with Boris Johnson unwilling to allow EU trawlers to continue their existing access to UK waters forever.

UK fisherman have been surrounded and hounded by French trawlers in the English Channel

UK fisherman have been surrounded and hounded by French trawlers in the English Channel

UK fisherman have been surrounded and hounded by French trawlers in the English Channel

Fish wars have broken out in the Channel as French trawlers confronted British counterparts

Fish wars have broken out in the Channel as French trawlers confronted British counterparts

Fish wars have broken out in the Channel as French trawlers confronted British counterparts

The vessels were surrounded by around 20 French boats and were pelted with frying pans

The vessels were surrounded by around 20 French boats and were pelted with frying pans

The vessels were surrounded by around 20 French boats and were pelted with frying pans

The French crews even threw oil at the Gal Macey before firing a flare at the ship in the Channel

The French crews even threw oil at the Gal Macey before firing a flare at the ship in the Channel

The French crews even threw oil at the Gal Macey before firing a flare at the ship in the Channel

The recent violence has sparked fears that there could be a death as hostilities worsen

The recent violence has sparked fears that there could be a death as hostilities worsen

The recent violence has sparked fears that there could be a death as hostilities worsen

This map shows the extent of the UK's Exclusive Economic Zone - the waters Britain will take back control of after Brexit. At the moment the EEZ of every European Union member state is merged into one large zone which can be accessed by fishermen from all over Europe

This map shows the extent of the UK's Exclusive Economic Zone - the waters Britain will take back control of after Brexit. At the moment the EEZ of every European Union member state is merged into one large zone which can be accessed by fishermen from all over Europe

This map shows the extent of the UK’s Exclusive Economic Zone – the waters Britain will take back control of after Brexit. At the moment the EEZ of every European Union member state is merged into one large zone which can be accessed by fishermen from all over Europe

Officials fear this could lead to a repeat of the 1970s ‘Cod Wars’, when British trawlers backed by the Royal Navy clashed with Icelandic coastguard vessels in a doomed attempt to maintain historic fishing rights in the North Atlantic. 

Following the latest incident, Brian ‘Winkle’ Whittington, 43, skipper of the Golden Promise, said: ‘I was expecting it this time, they only do it in the dark.

Moment of truth looms on Brexit trade deal: Boris Johnson holds make-or-break talks with EU chief Ursula von der Leyen TODAY as Merkel urges ‘realism’ to settle issues on fishing and level playing field rules 

Boris Johnson will hold make or break post-Brexit trade talks with EU chief Ursula von der Leyen today as the clock ticks down to the Prime Minister’s negotiating deadline.

Mr Johnson has made clear he wants the broad outlines of a deal to be in place by tomorrow’s EU Council summit in Brussels, but significant differences still remain.

The premier and the president of the European Commission will try to get discussions over the line after Angela Merkel called for the bloc to be more realistic on key issues like fishing rights.

The German Chancellor said in order for a deal to be done it will have to be ‘in the interests of both parties’.

Mr Johnson and Ms von der Leyen will speak by phone while Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, and Lord Frost, his UK counterpart, meet in person in Brussels.

Lord Frost is due to advise the PM tomorrow on whether he believes there is a visible path to a deal, amid claims Britain will walk away if an accord is not in sight.

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‘We can’t use the radio when they do it as they just talk over us instantly, so I couldn’t check on Scott to see how he was.

‘We were about two miles apart and I had two or three boats around me. Scott had 15 around him, they were throwing oil at him and firing flares.

‘I was mentally prepared for it, I knew it was going to happen again.’

Derek Meredith, a fishermen from Brixham and owner of the Golden Promise, told how he believes that tensions are heightening in the channel.

He warned that the incident could have easily resulted in a death, because the flare could have set the Gal Macey on fire.

He said: ‘When I heard about it I was very concerned, if that flare went into the wheel house the boat would have burned up, and would the French have helped?

‘The boat would sink and the French would just leave our boys to drown. They shouldn’t be doing what they’re doing but they seem to get away with it every year.’

Mr Meredith also called on the Royal Navy to help British fishermen, saying they were routinely attacked while doing their jobs.

He said that despite growing tensions and worsening conflict, nothing is done and his crew are left to fend for themselves.

He added: ‘They act very aggressively, they do every year. Last year they smashed our windows and stuff and nothing happened – they get away with it every year.

‘The fishermen were surrounding out boats and throwing things at them, it’s the same as last year.

‘They pull in front of the fishing boat so it has to drop out of gear, and they will then chaperone you to the area where they want you to fish.’

Tensions have been growing each year due to a difference in fishing restrictions between the UK and France.

A Defra spokesperson said: ‘We are very disappointed by this reported incident in the Bay of Seine. The British vessels were fishing legally and have every right to do so in safety.

‘We support UK vessels fishing where they have a legal right to do so, and have been in contact with the French Government to ensure those rights are protected and safety at sea is assured.’ 

British scallopers are allowed to fish year round, but the French are not permitted to fish between May 15 and October 1.

Tensions are growing due to a difference in fishing restrictions between the UK and France

Tensions are growing due to a difference in fishing restrictions between the UK and France

Tensions are growing due to a difference in fishing restrictions between the UK and France

British scallopers can fish all year round, but the French cannot between May 15 and October 1

British scallopers can fish all year round, but the French cannot between May 15 and October 1

British scallopers can fish all year round, but the French cannot between May 15 and October 1

The difference in rules creates hostility towards the British fishermen, and the French try to keep the best stock for themselves and keep UK boats out of the good areas

The difference in rules creates hostility towards the British fishermen, and the French try to keep the best stock for themselves and keep UK boats out of the good areas

The difference in rules creates hostility towards the British fishermen, and the French try to keep the best stock for themselves and keep UK boats out of the good areas

Despite knowing their fate, the fishermen are returning to the scene today to continue fishing

Despite knowing their fate, the fishermen are returning to the scene today to continue fishing

Despite knowing their fate, the fishermen are returning to the scene today to continue fishing

A video grab from footage taken by British fisherman being surrounded by French trawlers

A video grab from footage taken by British fisherman being surrounded by French trawlers

A video grab from footage taken by British fisherman being surrounded by French trawlers

This creates hostility towards the British fishermen, and the French try to keep the best stock for themselves and keep UK boats out of the good areas.

Why the complex issue of UK-EU fishing rights is leaving Brexit talks floundering in cold water 

Each country has an Exclusive Economic Zone which can extend up to 200 nautical miles from the coast. 

That country has special fishing rights over that area. 

However, in the EU each country’s Exclusive Economic Zone is effectively merged into one joint EU zone. 

All fishing activity within that zone is then regulated by the bloc’s controversial Common Fisheries Policy which dictates how many of each type of fish can be caught.

The joint EU zone is open to fishermen from every member state. 

But after the Brexit transition period the UK will regain sole control of its Exclusive Economic Zone and the bolstered Royal Navy Fishery Protection Squadron will be tasked with patrolling it to make sure every vessel operating there has the right to do so.

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Mr Meredith added: ‘It’s a load of rubbish, we haven’t done nothing wrong. What the French were saying is a load of c**p, that our boats were fishing in the wrong place.

‘Over there, the Navy are on it and take you in if you do go into the wrong area, they track you all the time.’

Despite knowing their fate, the fishermen are returning to the scene today to continue fishing for scallops so they can earn their livelihood.

Mr Meredith added: ‘I’m going back over there today, it will happen again tonight. It will take me about ten hours to get there, I’m mentally prepared for it to happen again.

‘We don’t fight back, if we start throwing things at them then it will be our fault and not theirs.’

The attacks following similar scenes last year when Mr Meredith said he had six crew members on the Golden Promise and Joanna C who have been left ‘extremely shaken’ by an early morning attack in the English Channel.

He said his crew tried to protect themselves from objects being thrown at them – while the French Navy just stood and watched.

And he claimed one of his boats could have sunk after the watertight integrity was breached by a flying shackle during the terrifying two-hour ordeal.

Cod Wars and the bitter 30-year ‘war for the waters’: How Icelandic and British fishermen first clashed over fishing grounds in the 1950s

An ongoing row over post-Brexit fishing rights has sparked fears of a return to the so-called Cod Wars of the 1950s and 1970s. 

Those confrontations saw Britain and Iceland clash repeatedly over access to waters in the North Atlantic.

The quarrels were so ill-tempered that at times the Royal Navy had to step in to stop Icelandic boats from interfering with British trawlers.

The Grimsby trawler Gavina is pictured being harassed by Icelandic gunboat Averkur during the 'Cod Wars' in June 1973

The Grimsby trawler Gavina is pictured being harassed by Icelandic gunboat Averkur during the 'Cod Wars' in June 1973

The Grimsby trawler Gavina is pictured being harassed by Icelandic gunboat Averkur during the ‘Cod Wars’ in June 1973

There have also been more recent rows over fishing rights between Britain and its European neighbours. 

In 2018 a so-called ‘scallop war’ erupted which saw French and British boats angrily clash over access to shellfish off the coast of Normandy. 

The UK is preparing for all post-Brexit eventualities, with the Government hiring two extra ships to provide additional help to the Royal Navy Fishery Protection Squadron’s current four ship fleet.

Meanwhile, more than 20 other boats are being put on standby which means Britain’s fishing patrol capabilities are said to be tripling. 

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Police are spending too much time ‘policing relationships’ West Midlands chief constable warns

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Police officers are spending too much time dealing with ‘policing relationships’ instead of fighting crime, the chief constable of West Midlands has warned.

David Thompson said police should be freed from handling some domestic abuse and harassment complaints so they can focus on catching criminals and responding to emergencies.

He said forces were increasingly responsible for ‘policing relationships’, safeguarding and protection but added it was ‘debatable whether or not that’s actually something best discharged by the police in all cases.’

He revealed the force recorded 30,000 domestic abuse related cases since April this year – an increase of 34 per cent compared to 2019 – but warned ‘a very small proportion’ of those reports end up in court. 

The senior officer’s comments prompted criticism from domestic abuse charity Refuge.

West Midlands Police received more than 30,000 reports of domestic abuse and harassment since April, with the constabulary's chief warning its officers were facing 'overwhelming,' responsibilities to victims

West Midlands Police received more than 30,000 reports of domestic abuse and harassment since April, with the constabulary's chief warning its officers were facing 'overwhelming,' responsibilities to victims

West Midlands Police received more than 30,000 reports of domestic abuse and harassment since April, with the constabulary’s chief warning its officers were facing ‘overwhelming,’ responsibilities to victims

Thompson, who runs the second largest force in England and Wales, said: ‘The police will always have a role in dealing with vulnerable people, but the depth and breadth of services falling to the police is overwhelming.’

Earlier today he told BBC Radio 4: ‘In the West Midlands since April we’ve recorded 30,000 domestic abuse related crimes, that’s up 34 per cent, we only record now around 22,000 robberies, burglaries and thefts of vehicles combined.

‘It’s not we don’t have a role, it’s whether the extent of the police role is impacting upon some of the other things that I think the public need us for.

‘Of course we have a responsibility in that area, but a considerable proportion of reports are not going to result in court, nor are they wanted to result in court by the people who report to us.

Chief Constable David Thompson said officers faced responsiblities that go 'beyond,' their 'unique role,' in dealing with domestic abuse and harassment cases

Chief Constable David Thompson said officers faced responsiblities that go 'beyond,' their 'unique role,' in dealing with domestic abuse and harassment cases

Chief Constable David Thompson said officers faced responsiblities that go ‘beyond,’ their ‘unique role,’ in dealing with domestic abuse and harassment cases

‘We have an immediate and important role to deal with that crisis, but beyond that there are responsibilities falling to police that go beyond that unique role.’

Ellie Butt, Refuge’s head of policy and public affairs, criticised the officers response by highlighting the importance of police in dealing with domestic abuse.

She told The Times: ‘We know how hard it can be for women to seek help when they are being abused. Often they are afraid that the police won’t believe them, or are afraid of what the perpetrator might do to them if they report it. 

‘Therefore, when women report domestic abuse to the police, it is vital that they receive an immediate response, by properly trained officers.’

Earlier this year Refuge reported the number of calls to its domestic abuse helpline had risen by as much as 77 per cent in June. 

More than 40,000 calls have been made to the National Domestic Abuse Helpline since the start of the coronavirus lockdown and demand is rising as restrictions.

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Fin whales adopt songs from migrating individuals in ‘cultural transmissions’

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Fin whales, the second largest mammals in the world behind blue whales, have slow, low pitched notes which make up their lethargic songs. 

And now scientists have found, for the first time, that they can sing more than one tune.

In fact, new research reveals they adopt sounds of other fin whales that have migrated from far flung parts of the world. 

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Pictured, a fin whale at the surface off the coast of San Diego, California. Using underwater microphones, the research team recorded the songs and locations of 115 whale encounters near Kauai, Hawaii over six years

Pictured, a fin whale at the surface off the coast of San Diego, California. Using underwater microphones, the research team recorded the songs and locations of 115 whale encounters near Kauai, Hawaii over six years

Pictured, a fin whale at the surface off the coast of San Diego, California. Using underwater microphones, the research team recorded the songs and locations of 115 whale encounters near Kauai, Hawaii over six years

The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science, suggests the ability to sing multiple songs allows certain melodies to spread to different parts of the ocean through migrating individuals.

The research team from the US Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific say understanding fin whale songs allows researchers fresh insight into how their populations move and change over time.

This could help inform better research and protection for the endangered animal.

Study leader Dr Tyler Helble said: ‘There is still a lot of uncertainty around the fin whale population size and structure in the North Pacific, and so learning about the song could help us understand population dynamics in this region much better.

‘Male fin whales in the Pacific sing just two very low notes, which are produced in different rhythms to create song.

‘Previously, some marine mammal scientists thought that fin whales each sang a single pattern of notes, which was found only within their specific group and region. 

‘Our research indicates that fin whale song is more complex than this.’

Using underwater microphones, the research team recorded the songs and locations of 115 whale encounters near Kauai, Hawaii over six years.

Study corresponding author Dr Regina Guazzo, also of the Naval Information Warfare Centre, said: ‘The sound is recorded on multiple hydrophones, allowing us to triangulate on the signal and formulate a position for the animal.

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Many whale species, including the blue, humpback (pictured) and fin whales all have unique songs and researcher s are trying to learn more about their purpose and features

‘By showing that different song patterns were coming from the same location, we demonstrated that these were likely made by the same individual’.

She explained that five main song patterns were recorded. Some were unique to the area, but some were similar to song patterns recorded several years before in whale groups off the north-west coast of the US.

Dr Guazzo said: ‘When a new whale song is recorded in a region, researchers often read it as a signal that a new group or individual has arrived from a different part of the world.

‘However, this study suggests that these new song patterns may have been picked up by a local whale on his migratory travels, in a process of cultural transmission between groups from different regions’.

To confirm whether the whales recorded in Hawaiian waters are from a single population or multiple converging pods, the team suggest that scientists should use additional methods of monitoring the whales.

Dr Helble added: ‘Visual identification, genetic analyses, or long-duration tags could be used to determine where these whales go when they are not singing off Kauai.’

Killer whale Tahlequah who carried her dead calf for 17 DAYS in 2018 is a mum again 

An orca named Tahlequah who touched the hearts of people around the world in 2018 after she carried her dead calf for 17 days gave birth to a new baby earlier this year.  

The 21 year-old orca — or ‘killer whale’ — gave birth on September 4 to her new calf, dubbed ‘J57’ by researchers, in the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca in US waters. 

According to the Whale Research Center, Tahlequah and her new calf appear to be healthy with the infant ‘swimming vigorously alongside its mother’. 

Tahlequah gave birth to one calf in 2010 who survives to this day — ‘J47’, also known as ‘Notch’ — but she also miscarried a calf in mid-2010 before losing the 2018 calf soon after birth. Experts feared she was likely also lose this new one. 

Her pregnancy was first reported by whale watchers in July after experts from the Sealife Response, Rehabilitation and Research conservation group spotted that she was larger than usual.

‘We hope folks on the water can give the Southern Residents plenty of space to forage at this important time. With such a small population every successful birth is hugely important for recovery,’ the nonprofit group wrote at the time. 

An orca named Tahlequah who touched the hearts of people around the world in 2018 after she carried her dead calf for 17 days has given birth to a new baby

An orca named Tahlequah who touched the hearts of people around the world in 2018 after she carried her dead calf for 17 days has given birth to a new baby

An orca named Tahlequah who touched the hearts of people around the world in 2018 after she carried her dead calf for 17 days has given birth to a new baby

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Hollywood producer David Guillod arrested on sex assault charges again

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A Hollywood producer was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault only months after being charged with drugging and assaulting four women in Santa Barbara.

David Guillod, 53, was taken into custody at his home in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles Wednesday after an unnamed woman told police on October 21 that he had sexually assaulted her during an evening meeting.

The Extraction and Atomic Blonde producer was taken to Los Angeles Police Metropolitan Detention Center without incident and remains jailed on $5 million bail.

Guillod’s defense attorney, Philip Cohen, confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that his client had been arrested but could not offer further details.

Hollywood producer David Guillod, 53, was taken into custody at his home in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles Wednesday after a woman told police on October 21 that he had sexually assaulted her during an evening meeting

Hollywood producer David Guillod, 53, was taken into custody at his home in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles Wednesday after a woman told police on October 21 that he had sexually assaulted her during an evening meeting

Hollywood producer David Guillod, 53, was taken into custody at his home in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles Wednesday after a woman told police on October 21 that he had sexually assaulted her during an evening meeting

He was out on bail after surrendering to authorities in Santa Barbara, northwest of Los Angeles, in June. 

Guillod is now charged with 15 sex crimes in Santa Barbara County Superior Court.

He was charged with three counts of rape and sodomy related to an alleged October 2018 attack earlier this month, court records show.

The other charges include rape, kidnap and rape of a drugged victim. Prosecutors contend that he attacked the women in 2012, 2014 and 2015.

Guillod has denied all allegations.

In June, his lawyer Philip Cohen said: ‘Mr Guillod has been vilified for eight years without being afforded the opportunity to examine under oath his accusers.

‘Justice is rarely swift and often does not come easy; but Mr Guillod very much looks forward to clearing his name in the appropriate forum.’

Guillod is now charged with 15 sex crimes in Santa Barbara County Superior Court with accusations from 2012 to 2018

Guillod is now charged with 15 sex crimes in Santa Barbara County Superior Court with accusations from 2012 to 2018

Guillod is now charged with 15 sex crimes in Santa Barbara County Superior Court with accusations from 2012 to 2018 

Santa Barbara prosecutors did not name the accusers on the charge sheet.

Guillod has been publicly accused of sexual assault by ‘Ted’ actress Jessica Barth, who said the producer had drugged her during a 2012 meeting, and first reported the allegations to the Los Angeles Police Department the same year.

The case was investigated by Los Angeles police but closed two years later.

Barth was also among the many women in the movie industry who were subjected to inappropriate and in a number of cases criminal behavior by convicted rapist and disgraced former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who is currently serving a 23-year sentence.

Barth went public with the allegation in 2017, in the wake of the #MeToo movement, and after another actress reportedly contacted her with a similar account, and returned to the LAPD asking officials to pursue the investigation. 

The actress claims that she went to dinner with Guillod and another woman, and started to feel drowsy while at the table.

She said she then remembers waking up ‘at home with six hickeys on my neck. I was horrified. I was completely and utterly confused and I was sick to my stomach.’

Guillod stepped down as chief executive of Primal Wave Entertainment soon after.

Claims of an alleged kidnap and rape in Santa Barbara on December 14, 2014, at a company wine country retreat, were reported in the Los Angeles Times

The woman reportedly received a $60,000 payment that required her to sign a non-disclosure agreement before leaving the company, the LA Times said citing sources familiar with the investigation. 

Guillod has been publicly accused of sexual assault by 'Ted' actress Jessica Barth, who said the producer had drugged her during a 2012 meeting. The case was investigated by Los Angeles police but closed two years later

Guillod has been publicly accused of sexual assault by 'Ted' actress Jessica Barth, who said the producer had drugged her during a 2012 meeting. The case was investigated by Los Angeles police but closed two years later

Guillod has been publicly accused of sexual assault by 'Ted' actress Jessica Barth, who said the producer had drugged her during a 2012 meeting. The case was investigated by Los Angeles police but closed two years later

Guillod has been publicly accused of sexual assault by 'Ted' actress Jessica Barth, who said the producer had drugged her during a 2012 meeting. The case was investigated by Los Angeles police but closed two years later

Guillod has been publicly accused of sexual assault by ‘Ted’ actress Jessica Barth (pictured), who said the producer had drugged her during a 2012 meeting. The case was investigated by Los Angeles police but closed two years later

The woman, who The Wrap reported to be one of Guillod’s assistants, came forward in 2017 upon hearing of other woman reporting sexual assaults by the producer, and claims he took her from her bed at the company retreat and allegedly raped her.

Two employees of the country retreat who saw her immediately after she was with Guillod at the time said she was confused and upset. One described her as ‘hysterical.’ 

Guillod was also charged with the rape of two unconscious and intoxicated women over a 48-hour period in January 2015, weeks after the alleged attacks in December 2014 – one from Santa Barbara County and another from Los Angeles County.

Police did not provide the identities of the two woman who said Guillod had attacked them in 2015.

Guillod (pictured in LA in 2017 with daughter Grace Guillod whom he shares with actress Holly Gagnier) was taken to Los Angeles Police Metropolitan Detention Center and remains jailed on $5 million bail

Guillod (pictured in LA in 2017 with daughter Grace Guillod whom he shares with actress Holly Gagnier) was taken to Los Angeles Police Metropolitan Detention Center and remains jailed on $5 million bail

Guillod (pictured in LA in 2017 with daughter Grace Guillod whom he shares with actress Holly Gagnier) was taken to Los Angeles Police Metropolitan Detention Center and remains jailed on $5 million bail

For the alleged attack in May 2012, Guillod was charged by prosecutors with sexual penetration of an unconscious or unaware victim, sexual penetration of a drugged victim, oral copulation of an intoxicated victim, and oral copulation of an unconscious or unaware victim. 

With regards to the alleged attack in December 2014 he has been charged with kidnapping to commit robbery or rape, rape of a drugged victim and rape by fraud.

For the alleged attack on January 30 2015 he was charged with two counts of rape by fraud and two counts of rape of a drugged victim and for the alleged attack on the following day, he has been charged with one count of rape of an unconscious person and one count of rape of a person prevented from resisting due to an intoxicating, anesthetic or controlled substance.

Cohen, the attorney, said Guillod had cooperated with law enforcement, and evidence including emails and text messages ‘tell a story very different than that which is being alleged.’

‘We find the unification of the cases filed through the Santa Barbara DA’s office and the timing suspicious,’ he added.

The lawyer said: ‘For the past eight years, Mr Guillod has denied these allegations, and for the past eight years, Mr Guillod has fully cooperated with all aspects of law enforcement’s investigation.’

Cohen said that DNA evidence had come back negative in the Los Angeles case, witnesses have supported Guillod’s account of the events and that text messages and emails obtained by the defense refute the allegations.

He also said that Guillod had passed five different polygraph tests, although such tests are not usable in criminal cases as evidence. 

A high-profile talent manager, Guillod executive produced Charlize Theron’s ‘Atomic Blonde’ in 2017, and this year’s Netflix thriller ‘Extraction’ starring Chris Hemsworth.

The LA Times reports that at least three women have received settlements in connection with Guillod’s alleged actions from his previous companies, although sources were not authorized to discuss the legal payouts.

AJ Cook, pictured far-right with Criminal Minds co-starts, hired Guillod as her manager but quit the management company upon finding out about the allegations against him. The ensuing legal fallout caused the allegations against him to surface

AJ Cook, pictured far-right with Criminal Minds co-starts, hired Guillod as her manager but quit the management company upon finding out about the allegations against him. The ensuing legal fallout caused the allegations against him to surface

AJ Cook, pictured far-right with Criminal Minds co-starts, hired Guillod as her manager but quit the management company upon finding out about the allegations against him. The ensuing legal fallout caused the allegations against him to surface

Several female stars quit being managed by his talent company following the allegations becoming public in 2017.

The date for his arraignment for the charges in June has not yet been set.

The accusations against Guillod surfaced last year during a legal dispute he had with actress AJ Cook, who is known for her role in police drama ‘Criminal Minds’.

After the accusations were made against Guillod, Cook left the agency, but in response Primary Wave sued her, seeking more than $300,000 in commission fees it claimed she owed, according to the New York Times

Cook, who had hired Guillod as her manager, filed a countersuit accusing Primary Wave and Intellectual Artists Management of withholding the information about the allegations against him from her. Both the lawsuit and the countersuit are still pending.

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