When the charges against Newport Beach orthopedic surgeon and former Bravo reality star Dr. Grant Robicheaux and his girlfriend, substitute teacher Cerissa Riley, were revealed back in September of 2018, the world gawked at the unlikely criminals. And when a search warrant resulted in a haul that included unlawful guns, drugs, cash, and a mountain of digital evidence, the two were accused of drugging and raping many victims. Things only got weirder from there. Justine Harman (The Baron of Botox, Broken Harts) pulls back the curtain on one of the most sordid sex crimes cases in Orange County history.
After the California Attorney General comes to a shocking conclusion, the fate of the case hangs in the balance of the May 14, 2021 hearing.
The lawyers reconvene in court; Justine receives some new—and old—information about Dr. Grant’s past.
The case begins to get stale, just as the American political landscape goes haywire. And then a victim’s attorney throws a haymaker.
After Judge Jones refuses to dismiss the case, the prosecution and the defense find themselves in an unlikely alliance.
On February 7, 2020, DA Todd Spitzer announces that he plans to dismiss the case against Grant and Cerissa. The timing could not have been worse.
Grant and Cerissa are arrested on 17 felony charges, including drugging and raping multiple women. But, thanks to two warring prosecutors, their case becomes a subplot in a different story.
Before she was depicted as a modern day Lolita in the press, Cerissa Riley (née Gilligan) was a devout Christian evangelist married to her high school sweetheart.
Long before he found himself accused of multiple sex crimes, Grant Robicheaux was a small town good ol’ boy with big ol’ plans.
On April 12, 2016, the first victim reports being raped by Grant Robicheaux and Cerissa Riley. Justine returns to the scene of the crime.
On October 2, 2016, Coranne Gibson hears a young woman screaming for help. Her call to 9-1-1 kicks off one of the most salacious rape cases in Orange County history.
Justine Harman is the former features director at Glamour magazine and an alumnus of ELLE and People magazines. She is the creator of two nonfiction narrative podcasts, Broken Harts (iHeart) and The Baron of Botox (Imperative), and the founder of 39 Stories, a storytelling studio based in Los Angeles.