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Judge won't dismiss rape case against Newport Beach doctor from TV show

Posted at 10:18 AM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 13:18:23-04

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A California judge has refused to dismiss rape and kidnapping charges against a doctor who appeared on a reality TV show and his girlfriend.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Gregory Jones on Friday said he was rejecting a bid by prosecutors to drop the case. He set a hearing for June 12 to determine how to proceed.

Prosecutors under a new district attorney claimed they didn’t have enough evidence to prove the charges.

Attorneys for alleged victims insisted their clients were drugged and sexually assaulted by orthopedic surgeon Grant Robicheaux and girlfriend Cerissa Riley. The case has been caught up in politics of the last district attorney election.