A Hollywood producer accused of the murder of a model and her girlfriend who overdosed on drugs has been slapped with additional sexual assault charges for unrelated cases – and there could be more victims, LA District Attorney George Gascón said.
During a press conference on Tuesday, Gascón officially announced that David Pearce has been charged in the deaths of model Christy Giles and her friend Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola, whose bodies were dumped at two different hospitals on November 13, 2021.
Pearce, 37, was initially arrested the following month and charged with allegedly raping and sexually molesting four women.
On Tuesday, Gascón said investigators found enough evidence to also link Pearce to the deaths of the Giles and Cabrales-Arzola, as well as the rape and sexual assault of three other victims.
“We knew this was going to be a lengthy investigation and we started with the allegations that we knew we could prove,” Gascón said at the press conference. “Most were related to drug use and administration.
“The LAPD did a lot of work here, as did our prosecution team, because we knew these were murders and we wanted to prove that, and that’s why the pending charges were confirmed,” Gascón said.
Aside from the two counts of murder, Pearce is also facing multiple offenses related to various incidents involving seven women, which are said to have occurred from August 2010 to November 2021.
These charges include three counts of violent rape, two counts of sexual penetration by a foreign body, one count of bestiality and one count of sexual penetration using force.
He also faces two cases of sale/offer to sell a controlled substance to Giles and Cabrales-Arzola. Pearce could face a maximum sentence of 120 years if convicted of the charges, Gascon said.
Jacob Glucksman, Pearce’s defense attorney, told the Post on Tuesday that his client was being held due to insufficient information.
“All allegations, including the new charges, are based on extremely weak evidence,” Glucksman said. “The DA’s office pursues prosecutions under the premise, ‘Where there’s smoke there’s fire.’ The problem is they haven’t found a fire yet.”
Pearce’s friend, 42-year-old actor Brandt Osborn, was later charged with double complicity.
Osborn, a Staten Islander and Hollywood supporter, was initially arrested Dec. 15 but released two days later after the district attorney’s office rejected his arrest information, LA County Sheriff’s Office records show.
On Tuesday, Gascón said a warrant had been issued for Osborn’s arrest.
LAPD investigators said Pearce and Osborn, along with the third man — cameraman Michael Ansbach — met Giles and Cabrales-Arzola at an after-hours warehouse party in Los Angeles on Nov. 13 and spent their night at Pearce’s apartment on Olympic Boulevard continued.
LAPD officials said two masked men driving a Toyota Prius with no license plates dumped Giles’ lifeless body at a Culver City hospital. Shortly thereafter, the men dropped Cabrales-Arzola at Kaiser Permanente in West LA
Cabrales-Arzola died on November 24 – five days before her 27th birthday – after being pronounced brain dead, her family said.
A picture of Cabrales-Arzola wedged between Ansbach and Pearce, taken at the warehouse party, also surfaced shortly after the men were arrested.
Actors Alexandra Creteau and David Murrietta Jr., who worked with Osborn, told the Post that Osborn allegedly divulged information during a shoot in November that he partied with women and later helped dispose of their bodies.
“He told me how they had a party, two girls came back to their house and the girls had a bunch of drugs,” Murrietta said.
Murrietta added Osborn told him he left his apartment to take a COVID-19 test for a commercial shoot and when he returned his roommate told him Giles was dead.
“He checked her pulse, freaked out, decided not to call 911, and they decided what to do with the body,” Murrietta said.
According to the LA County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office of Medical Examiner-Coroner, Giles died from a mixture of cocaine, fentanyl, gamma-hydroxybutyric acid, and ketamine, while Cabrales-Arzola died of multiple organ failure from the cocaine, ecstasy, and other drugs in her system died .
The coroner ruled the cause of death for both women was homicide.
Giles’ husband, Jan Cilliers, told the Post on Tuesday that he was very relieved that the LA County Attorney’s office had filed charges against Pearce and Osborn.
“There can never be true justice for the deaths of Christy and Marcela,” Cilliers said. “Nothing will ever bring her back, and her death will affect the rest of our lives. The best we can hope for now is that the full truth will come out and they will be locked away for the maximum amount of time so they can’t hurt anyone anymore.”
Pearce remains in prison in lieu of $3.4 million bail. He is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing on July 11.
Ansbach, 47, was released on December 16 on $100,000 bail. Prosecutors have not yet filed any charges against him.
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