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A Los Angeles party promoter arrested in the death of a model and her friend has pleaded not guilty to unrelated rape charges involving four women.
David Pearce, 39, was arrested by Los Angeles police in December after allegedly s*xually assaulting four women in 2010, 2019, February 2020 and October 2020.
He now faces two counts of forcible rape, one count of rape of an unconscious or sleeping person, and one count of s*xual penetration with a foreign object related to the alleged incidents.
Arrested and Charged
The charges arose when it emerged that Pearce had been arrested on December 17 on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter, following the deaths of Christy Giles, 24, and her architect friend, Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola, 26, who died from drug overdose.
The two women were last seen at a party in an East Los Angeles warehouse with Pearce and his friends in the early hours of November 13.
Ms. Giles’ body was left outside a Los Angeles hospital on November 13, while Ms. Cabrales-Arzola was found clinging to life at another hospital, where she died after two weeks in a coma.
On Monday, Pearce pleaded not guilty to unrelated rape charges.
During Monday’s hearing, Deputy District Attorney Kristine Mariano said she believed Pearce “presents a threat to the public” and should remain behind bars.
She also noted that officers had found a passport, $30,000 in Pearce’s car and evidence that the Los Angeles promoter was looking into living in foreign countries when he was arrested.
The prosecutor said at the hearing: ‘He frequently drugs women and s*xually abuses them.
“I think he presents himself as a threat to the public and is a flight risk. After his arrest, he tried to flee and ran out the back door.
Last week, Pearce’s defense attorney, Jacob Gluckman, asked that his client’s bail, currently set at $3.4 million, be lowered to $100,000.
He also said the money found in the Los Angeles promoter’s car was what he earned on a trip to Las Vegas.
Gluckman emphasized that Pearce has not been accused of causing the deaths of Giles and Cabrales-Arzola.
He went on to complain that prosecutors had “dusted off old” s*xual assault allegations as a pretext to keep him locked up while they gathered evidence in the deaths of the two women.
Gluckman said his client’s bail should be commensurate with the charges he currently faces “and not issues that, at this point, are pure speculation and media fodder.”
He also said that the previous s*xual assault charges against Pearce were not reported until years later, while the last ones from 2020 had been dismissed by the prosecutor’s office due to lack of evidence.
It came as Ms Giles’s husband, photographer Jan Ciliers, expressed his frustration that no one had been held accountable for the deaths of his wife and his friend.
Cilliers said he suspected the women were coerced into taking drugs because neither would voluntarily take the heroin, which is in Ms. Cabrales-Arzola’s system.
Los Angeles police said in a statement: “Both women are believed to have received drugs and overdosed at a residence in the 8600 block of Olympic Boulevard in the city of Los Angeles.”
“Three suspects were identified and arrested with the assistance of the LAPD-FBI Fugitive Task Force and the Metropolitan Division.”
Prosecutors have called for a further investigation involving the other two men, Michael Ansbach, 47, and Brandt Osborn, 42, who police say were booked on suspicion of being an accessory to manslaughter.
Osborn, a New York-born actor, was arrested on the set of NCIS: Los Angeles.
Anspach was released on $100,000 bond, while Osborn was released without bond, his arrest turned into a detention.
David Pearce Quick and Facts
- David Pearce, 39, pleaded not guilty to rape charges involving four women
- The rapes allegedly took place in 2010, 2019, February 2020 and October 2020
- Comes after LA promoter arrested in December on suspicion of manslaughter
- He was arrested after deaths of Christy Giles and Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola
- Women were last seen at an East Los Angeles warehouse party with Pearce