UPDATED Nov. 22, 8:25 p.m. ET: A spokesman for Mr. Goguen shared a statement with Complex to correct the New York Post’s “inaccuracies, mischaracterizations, and defamatory statements.” The full statement is provided below.
“The article published online in the New York Post Saturday was riddled with inaccuracies, mischaracterizations, and defamatory statements. Neither Mr. Goguen nor his lawyers were given a fair chance to respond, only being contacted a few hours before deadline. This was even though the article had clearly been in the works for days or weeks.
The story is based on a lawsuit filed by Matthew Marshall nine months ago, after his 10-count federal indictment and on the eve of his criminal trial for defrauding Mr. Goguen, in an attempt to intimidate and discredit Mr. Goguen, the victim and the government’s primary witness. Subsequently, Mr. Marshall pled guilty to three felonies of moral turpitude—wire fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion—regarding his victimization of Mr. Goguen. Mr. Marshall is presently facing a maximum of 35 years in prison. Perhaps most importantly, every substantial claim in Marshall’s lawsuit has been proven false by the FBI. A reader would not know any of this after reading the New York Post story. Marshall’s lawsuit is expected to be dismissed given his recent guilty plea and criminal conviction.
Contrary to what the New York Post alleges, there is no evidence that Mr. Goguen has in any way abused or taken advantage of women, despite Marshall’s attempt to falsely smear Mr. Goguen as a predator. The only woman who has ever made a claim against Mr. Goguen is Amber Baptiste, and the Court issued a final judgment after trial finding her claims to be false.
The Court also dismissed Ms. Baptiste’s 2016 false and extortive lawsuit against Mr. Goguen with prejudice, after it was demonstrated that she manufactured and falsified evidence. Every one of Baptiste’s horrific and defamatory allegations about Mr. Goguen was proven false by the extensive and unambiguous evidence (detailed in the Final Statement of Decision). Mr. Goguen prevailed in his countersuit against Baptiste for extortion, multiple counts of fraud and other offenses and was awarded more than $14 million in damages. Again, Ms. Baptiste is the only woman who has ever made a claim against Mr. Goguen
Bryan Nash’s relentless stalking campaign against Mr. Goguen and his family resulted in a federal indictment against Mr. Nash for 11 felonies, including stalking and extortion. Mr. Nash pled guilty to blackmail and was convicted and sentenced.
The final person referenced in the article, former Whitefish Police Chief Bill Dial, unethically and illegally attempted to prosecute Mr. Goguen for a non-existent “crime” that was fabricated and reported by his close friend Mr. Marshall. The woman that Mr. Marshall and Mr. Dial tried unsuccessfully to coerce into accusing Mr. Goguen of sexual assault was harassed for years by Ms. Baptiste and Mr. Nash and years earlier by Mr. Dial himself. The woman, who was working as a paramedic when Mr. Goguen first met her, never reported him to the police for any reason and stated under oath that the story Mr. Marshall and Mr. Dial concocted was false. Mr. Dial resigned abruptly on August 5, 2021, and less than three weeks later, POST, an arm of Montana’s Department of Justice, issued formal allegations against Mr. Dial for unethical and potentially criminal misconduct for conspiring with Mr. Marshall and providing false information to the City of Whitefish, POST, the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation, and the FBI. The POST allegations were made public, and Mr. Dial now faces revocation of his law enforcement license as well as the prospect of criminal charges for obstruction of justice.”
See original story from 11/20/21 below.
Michael Goguen, a 57-year-old billionaire and longtime partner at Sequoia Capital, is being sued by four former employees for roughly $800 million in damages, according to the New York Post. And with the suit, he’s being accused of having a spreadsheet of 5,000 women that he had sex with.
The allegations reportedly come after a previous settlement of $40 million with a woman who claims he “sexually, physically, and emotionally” abused her—which his attorney called a “vile collection of lies.” Documents reported by the Post now show him being accused of controling local law enforcement in the town of Whitefish, Montana, owning several “safe houses” where he takes young women to have sex, and placing a “boom boom” room in a bar that he owns to “maintain women for the purpose of committing illicit sexual activity.”
Goguen’s lawyer did not respond to the publication’s request for comment Friday.
The four people who filed the suit helped set up Goguen’s security contractor Amyntor Group LLC, with the lead plantiff being Matthew Marshall, who the Post says allegedly helped purchase “luxury homes and vehicles for members of his harem,” while spying on and “intimidating his enemies.”
“Marshall was being asked to purchase, out of his personal accounts, vehicles, jewelry, earnest money deposits on properties, and to provide cash or other items for Goguen’s mistresses, or as hush-money payoffs to Goguen’s acquaintances and employees who had ‘learned too much’ about Goguen’s sexual misconduct and crimes, and the Goguen Sexual Scheme,” court papers allegedly revealed.
Documents reportedly claim that Goguen had set up a way to listen to police communications. Women who tired to complain about his alleged sexual assaults were met with difficulty from Flathead County Sheriff’s Department. One investigation regarding a sexual assault was allegedly stopped after Goguen met with an officer who was told to take it to the FBI by Marshall, The Post shares.
“[Detective Shane Erickson] openly shared with Marshall the fact that he was spending time with Goguen, including having dinner at his house, spending time on Whitefish Lake, going on a coyote hunt,” court papers say. “Erickson also informed Marshall that Goguen had offered to take him on his yearly week-long $20,000 elk hunt in Colorado with private guides.”
The woman later reportedly recanted her story after signing a non-disparagement with Goguen. In another accusation, he is alleged to have placed a woman “and her children in a position of utter dependence based on false promises and emotional manipulation to satisfy his sexual appetite,” giving her a credit card and buying her a five-bedroom home after a divorce.
Marshall reportedly claims he’s had to “dissuade Goguen from going to extreme measures against his enemies” after he asked to arrange a man’s murder in a wikr—an instant messaging platform. Marshall accepted a plea agreement on Nov. 10 on wire fraud, tax evasion and “conning Goguen out of millions of dollars.”
“This man has to be stopped,” said retired Whitefish police chief Bill Dial, who sued Goguen in 2019 for alleged interference in his investigation, per the Post. “He’s a billionaire a la Harvey Weinstein and Epstien. There’s a lot of people in this community who know what he’s about and they’re afraid of him.”