‘Criminal Minds’ Star AJ Cook Sues Ex-Manager David Guillod for Hiding Sexual Assault Accusations (Exclusive)

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“Criminal Minds” star A.J. Cook is suing her former manager, David Guillod, for not disclosing that he faced multiple sexual assault accusations — and says he should repay money he earned from her and other actresses, including Gina Rodriguez, Kristin Chenoweth and Paula Patton.

The lawsuit, which was filed late Monday and seeks $1.6 million for Cook, argues that Guillod’s concealment of his “sexual predator” past could have harmed her image and reputation as a strong advocate for women. The lawsuit lists several previously unreported allegations against Guillod, and accuses him of scheming with Cook’s lawyer to overcharge her for his services.

Stories of morality clauses for actors are nearly as old as Hollywood. But Cook’s lawsuit is a rare attempt to hold a manager responsible for personal accusations that might reflect poorly on his famous clients.

In a statement, a representative for Guillod accused Cook of trying to “piggyback” on the #MeToo movement to get out of paying her debts. Guillod has denied any wrongdoing since TheWrap first reported on four sexual assault accusations against him in November 2017.

“This frivolous lawsuit is a reaction to two lawsuits filed against A.J. Cook and her attempt to distract from her own financial liability,” the statement said. “Mr. Guillod has represented Cook for over 20 years and together made her a household name. She has now elected in her own greed and self servicing manner to piggyback on a very important movement in an effort to circumvent her paying commissions owed. As Ms. Cook has no claims against Mr. Guillod she has elected to revisit unfounded claims made again him. No criminal or civil charges have ever been brought against Guillod.”

Cook’s attorney, Michael J. Saltz, said: “Mr. Guillod’s victims will soon be testifying in this matter. As it is our intent to prove that the claims against Mr. Guillod are both disturbing and true, and that Mr. Guillod’s failure to disclose this information to Ms. Cook is both illegal and inexcusable.”

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ACTRESSES EXIT

Cook’s case is a countersuit in response to Guillod’s former company, Primary Wave Entertainment, suing her in October 2018 for at least $333,000 in unpaid commissions. She said she stopped paying the company when she fired Primary Wave because of the accusations against Guillod.

Cook was one of several women — including Rodriguez, Chenoweth and Patton — who exited Primary Wave after the TheWrap reported multiple accusations of misconduct against him in November 2017.

Though Rodriguez, Chenoweth and Patton could all be called as witnesses in the case, none are parties to the lawsuit, and it does not specify what damages they could receive.

TheWrap first reported on Nov. 2, 2017, that “Ted” actress Jessica Barth accused Guillod of sexually assaulting her in 2012. Two days later — on Nov. 4 — Cook texted Guillod, according to a screenshot his rep provided to TheWrap.

“Thinking of you,” said the text. “Hang in there.”

Later that day, Guillod resigned as co-CEO of Primary Wave.

A few days later, Cook was still thinking of Guillod — but now she was thinking of firing him. She left Primary Wave on Nov. 9, 2017. Rodriguez had exited by then, too.

On Nov. 10, 2017, TheWrap published another story detailing more accusations — that Guillod raped a former assistant on a company retreat in 2014 and sexually assaulted two other women at his home in Los Feliz in 2015. Only Barth’s name has been publicly released.

Over the next few days, news broke that Chenoweth and Patton were also exiting Primary Wave.

NEW ACCUSATIONS: A 15-YEAR-OLD, A HOLE IN THE SCRIPT

Besides recounting the four previous accusations, Cook’s lawsuit includes several new ones. No names or dates are provided, but the lawsuit alleges that:

• One unnamed “very famous child actor” fired Guillod for making sexual comments to her when she was 15 and he worked at Handprint Entertainment. (He exited the company in 2002.)

• Guillod once exposed himself to an unnamed female client by poking his penis through a hole in a script when he worked at United Talent Agency. (He left UTA in 2009.)

• Guillod sexually harassed women at Handprint, UTA, Paradigm Talent Agency (which he left in 2011) and his own company, Intellectual Artists Management.

Intellectual became part of Primary Wave Entertainment in a 2015 merger. Cook’s lawsuit names PWE as well as Guillod as defendants.

“PWE has been in litigation with Ms. Cook for unpaid commissions since October 2018, and therefore cannot comment directly on her just filed countersuit,” the company said in a statement. “That said, PWE remains committed to our core values of respect and inclusion, with a zero-tolerance policy toward harassment or abuse of any kind, including the work we do with our clients. In November 2017, within 48 hours of learning the extent of the allegations against our former colleague Mr. Guillod, we parted ways with him, and other than matters of separation, have no business with him. We stand by the ethical business practices that have served us well for 13 years.”

Cook’s attorney said that Guillod’s failure to disclose the accusations to Cook could have damaged her reputation and career.

“She prides herself on, and has run her career in a manner consistent with, supporting female empowerment issues and women’s rights,” said Saltz, of the firm Jacobson, Russell, Saltz, Nassim and De La Torre. “She is at risk of losing credibility in her brand if people presume that she knowingly made a person accused of multiple rapes and/or sexual assaults the representative of her and her brand.”

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‘CRIMINAL MINDS’

In its October 2018 lawsuit, Primary Wave accused Cook of breach of contract. The other litigation referenced in the Guillod statement on Tuesday was between Cook and attorney Neil Meyer, who sued her in August 2018.

“Mr. Guillod forced A.J. Cook to bring all of her claims against him by orchestrating the filing of two frivolous lawsuits based upon oral contracts that are unenforceable as a matter of law,” Saltz said. “As such, Mr. Guillod should not be surprised that Ms. Cook is defending herself in Court and pursuing her affirmative claims after Mr. Guillod’s attempt to illegally pressure Ms. Cook into paying moneys she does not owe backfired.”

Cook said she hired Meyer as her attorney in 2013, at Guillod’s recommendation. Meyer represented her in negotiations with ABC Studios, which produces “Criminal Minds.”

Cook contends that Meyer and his firm, Meyer & Downs, raised its fee from 2.5 percent per episode of “Criminal Minds” to 5 percent without her agreement, and that Guillod, as her manager, arranged for the increased payments to be made to Meyer & Downs without her consent.

Cook said that when she decided to leave Primary Wave because of the accusations against Guillod, Meyer urged her not to go.

“A.J. was appalled that Meyer… could even suggest that A.J. continue to employ someone accused of raping multiple women and committing sexual assaults and to otherwise have her name and brand sullied by such an affiliation with Guillod and the company that knowingly employed such a person,” the suit said, referring to Primary Wave.

She said that after she left Guillod, she learned of what she called excess payments that he had authorized to Meyer. She then stopped paying both Meyer and Primary Wave. She contends that Guillod and Primary Wave then met with Meyer to provide confidential information about Cook and encourage Meyer to file a “frivolous lawsuit” against her.

“It is my policy not to comment on ongoing litigation,” Meyer told TheWrap on Tuesday.

Cook said Primary Wave also publicly disclosed confidential terms of her contracts with ABC Studios to harass and embarrass her.

Cook’s lawsuit argues that Guillod and Primary Wave “have collected commissions from their female clients under false pretenses and in violation of their fiduciary duties… and should therefore be forced to disgorge all of their ill-gotten gains and make restitution back to their female clients.”

Cook’s lawsuit alleges breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, intentional concealment of material facts and unjust enrichment.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the 2014 accusation from the retreat, a spokeswoman for the office said Tuesday. The investigation has been open for more than a year.

Accusations against Guillod are also under review by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, but representatives for the office have declined to say what accusations are being investigated.

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Ratings: CBS’ ‘The World’s Best’ Has Not the Best Time Period Premiere

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Wednesday at 8 p.m. is not the post-Super Bowl time slot. That’s a lesson CBS and its new talent show, “The World’s Best,” learned last night.

The James Corden-hosted alternative to “America’s Got Talent” was no “AGT” in its time period premiere, settling for a 1.0 rating/5 share among adults 18-49 and 5.6 million total viewers. The episode aired from 8 to 10 p.m., and CBS ended up third in primetime averages.

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Fox was first in ratings with a 1.6 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 5.4 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back” at 8 had a 1.1 and 3.8 million viewers. “The Masked Singer” at 9 posted a 2.2 and 7.1 million viewers.

NBC was second in ratings with a 1.3/6 and first in viewers with 8.5 million. “Chicago Med” at 8 put up a 1.4/7 and 9.3 million viewers. “Chicago Fire” at 9 landed a 1.3/5 and 8.8 million viewers. At 10, “Chicago P.D.” received a 1.2/5 and 7.4 million viewers.

CBS was third in ratings with a 1.0/4 and in viewers with 5.3 million. After the “World’s Best” time slot premiere, the “Criminal Minds” season finale got a 0.8/4 and 4.7 million viewers.

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ABC was fourth in ratings with a 0.6/3 and in viewers with 2.5 million, airing all reruns.

Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.5 million.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.1 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 793,000. “Riverdale” at 8 had a 0.3/1 and 994,000 viewers. At 9, “All American” got a 0.2/1 and 591,000 viewers.

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‘Criminal Minds’ Renewed for 15th and Final Season on CBS

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“Criminal Minds” will come to an end after Season 15.

The procedural has been picked up for a 10-episode final season, CBS announced on Thursday. The last run of episodes is slated to air in the 2019-20 broadcast season.

A fan-favorite in reruns and on streaming, “Criminal Minds” has seen its linear ratings slip over time, with the currently airing season averaging a 0.8 rating among adults 18-49, according to Nielsen’s live-plus-same-day numbers. The show was one of the last CBS dramas to be renewed last season, ultimately receiving a truncated 15-episode order for Season 14.

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“Criminal Minds,” produced by ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios, is currently in production on its 14th season, which brought the long-running drama past the 300-episode mark back in October. The series currently stars Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster,  Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Aisha Tyler, Kirsten Vangsness, Adam Rodriguez and Daniel Henney.

Erica Messer is showrunner and executive producer on the series, alongside Mark Gordon and Breen Frazier. Jeff Davis is creator.

In total, the show will have aired 325 episodes by the end of its run.

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Netflix Originals Thrive as Disney’s Content Leaves Platform, Data Firm Says

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Appetite for Netflix Originals is on the rise, according to a new study from 7Park Data. According to the firm, original content accounted for 37 percent of Netflix’s U.S. streams in Oct. 2018, up from 14 percent in Oct. 2017 and 13 percent in Jan. 2017.

This increase in traffic to its exclusive content comes as Disney and WarnerMedia ready the launch of their own streaming services, which has led Disney to pull its content (including programming from Fox) from the platform.

Netflix has spent an estimated $13 billion on content in 2018 with the goal of creating over 700 original projects. Many have questioned if Netflix Originals will be able to sustain an audience that has become accustomed to binging licensed content such as “The Office” and “Family Guy” (before it found a new home on Hulu, which Disney owns a stake in).

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Fox’s content once accounted for 21 percent of U.S. streams in 2017, a number that currently sits at 4 percent largely due to the migration of content from Netflix to Hulu.

Despite the rise of Netflix Originals, licensed content still holds a strong value for the streaming giant. Four of its top 10 shows for the month of November, per 7Park Data, were licensed programs. “The Office” came in as the streamer’s number one series, “Friends” at number three, “Grey’s Anatomy” at number four and “Criminal Minds” at number 10.

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Dean Koontz’s Novel ‘Strangers’ to be Developed as TV Series by Fox

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Fox is developing a one-hour drama based on Dean Koontz’s 1986 novel, “Strangers.”

The project, which has a script-plus-penalty commitment, will be penned by Jeff Davis, who created CBS’ longrunning “Criminal Minds” as well as MTV’s TV reboot of “Teen Wolf.” Koontz and Davis will executive produce, along with Josh Berman and Chris King.

Sony Pictures TV is on board as a co-producer, along with Berman’s Osprey Productions.

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Here is the logline for the adaptation, per Fox:

“Strangers” tells the story of several different people, thousands of miles apart, from different walks of life, finding themselves struck by unusual fears and sudden phobias. A novelist in California suffers unbearable sleep terrors. In Boston, a surgeon’s intense panic attacks threaten her career. A priest in Chicago dreads the rise of the moon. An ex-Marine develops a paralyzing fear of the dark. They’re all connected by a forgotten trauma, repressed memories now surfacing and leading each of them to one destination: a small motel in Nevada where a dark secret lies hidden-one that could change the course of humanity itself.

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Ratings: ‘Chicago’ Mega-Crossover Hands NBC Huge Wednesday Viewer Win

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The Second City was second-to-none last night in total viewers: NBC drew Wednesday’s most eyeballs in primetime, with its “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med” and “Chicago PD” mega-crossover.

Led by “Empire” and its regular benefit of not nationally programming the comparatively low-rated 10 p.m. hour, Fox finished first among adults 18-49.

Fox was first in ratings with a 1.4 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, but third in total viewers with an average of 4.53 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Empire” at 8 landed a 1.5/7 and 5 million viewers. At 9, “Star” had a 1.2/5 and 4 million viewers.

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NBC was second in ratings with a 1.2/5 and first in viewers with 8.2 million. “Chicago Fire” at 8 got a 1.3/6 and 8 million viewers. “Chicago Med” at 9 received a 1.3/5 and 8.8 million viewers. The mega-crossover concluded with “Chicago PD” at 10, which posted a 1.2/5 and 7.8 million viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 1.1/5 and fourth in viewers with 4.46 million. “The Goldbergs” at 8 had a 1.3/6 and 5.1 million viewers. “American Housewife” at 8:30 got a 1.1/5 and 4.4 million viewers. “Modern Family” at 9 put up a 1.4/6 and 5.3 million viewers. “Single Parents” at 9:30 received a 1.1/5 and 4.3 million viewers. “A Million Little Things” at 10 finished primetime with a 0.8/4 and 3.8 million viewers.

CBS was fourth in ratings with a 1.0/4 and second in viewers with 5.6 million. “Survivor” at 8 earned a 1.5/7 and 7.2 million viewers. At 9, the “SEAL Team” season premiere had a 0.8/3 and 5.1 million viewers. At 10, the “Criminal Minds” season premiere got a 0.7/3 and 4.4 million viewers.

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Telemundo and Univision tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.4/2. Telemundo was fifth in total viewers with 1.3 million, Univision was sixth with 1.2 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.1/1 and in viewers with 562,000. The “Burden of Truth” season finale at 8 settled for a 0.1/1 and 700,000 viewers. A rerun followed.

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Fox won another Wednesday in the key 18-49 demo with its solid combo of “Empire” and “Star,” though it was NBC that claimed primetime’s most viewers with a special “The Voice” and a pair of procedurals — including a “Chicago P.D.” beatdown of CBS’ “Criminal Minds” season finale at 10 p.m.

Running a number of reruns, ABC settled for a distant fourth place last night. The CW ended up dead last — including the Spanish-language networks — despite airing the season premiere of “The Originals.”

Fox was first in ratings with a 1.5 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and third in total viewers with an average of 4.7 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Empire” at 8 earned a 1.7/7 and 5.3 million viewers. At 9, “Star” had a 1.3/5 and 4 million viewers.

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NBC was second in ratings with a 1.3/5 and first in viewers with 7.1 million. “The Voice” at 8 landed a 1.4/6 and 8.2 million viewers. At 9, “Law & Order: SVU” got a 1.4/5 and 6.5 million viewers. “Chicago P.D.” at 10 received a 1.2/5 and 6.6 million viewers.

CBS was third in ratings with a 1.1/5 and second in viewers with 6.3 million. “Survivor” at 8 put up a 1.6/7 and 7.7 million viewers. At 9, the night’s first “Criminal Minds” episode managed a 1.0/4 and 6 million viewers. A second hour at 10 dipped to a 0.9/4 and 5.3 million viewers.

ABC was fourth in ratings with a 0.7/3 and in viewers with 3.2 million. Between some repeats, “Alex, Inc.” at 8:30 settled for a 0.6/3 and 2.9 million viewers. A new “Designated Survivor” at 10 finished primetime to a 0.6/2 and 3.5 million viewers.

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Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.5/2. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.5 million, Telemundo was sixth with 1.3 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1 million. “Riverdale” at 8 had a 0.4/2 and 1.1 million viewers. At 9, “The Originals” premiere to a 0.4/2 and 1 million viewers.

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