Hearing underway for Grammy winner, SCV resident accused of multiple rapes
The first witness testifying against a Stevenson Ranch resident and Grammy-winning producer spoke at a preliminary hearing Wednesday, claiming that Noel Fisher, aka “Detail,” who is accused of sexually assaulting 11 women, locked her in a soundproof studio before attempting to rip her clothes off.
Entering the courtroom, dressed in an orange Los Angeles County Corrections jumpsuit, shackled and carrying a Bible, Fisher, 42, heard the 26 charges against him detailed by the judge Craig Richman as follows: 13 counts of forced rape; four counts of forced sodomy; two counts of forced oral copulation; three counts of assault capable of causing serious bodily harm; one count of attempted forced rape; two counts of false imprisonment; and two counts of assault in attempted rape, sodomy and / or oral copulation.
During the victim’s first testimony in the case, the witness, who was granted anonymity by the court and referred to only as “CD,” said she first met Fisher at a party hosted by Christina Aguilera in 2009.
She had worked in the music industry as a songwriter and although she had worked with hundreds of producers and artists, CD stated that she had learned that Fisher was a talented producer and wanted to collaborate with him.
In April 2010, CD stated that she went to the Fisher’s Stevenson Ranch house in the 25500 block of Fountain Glen Court and walked with the producer to her backyard. She had just learned that her boyfriend might have a secret girlfriend, she said.
“By the time I got there I was stressed out,” she said of her drive from Hollywood to Stevenson Ranch.
After hearing about stress and asking about CD’s apparent anxiety, Fisher asked her if she would like him to rub his shoulders, she said. She agreed to the massage and was escorted to a room inside the house where he asked her to take off her shirt, she said. She did, but not in front of Fisher, who she couldn’t see as she undressed, she said.
“I didn’t want to compromise our session because I was worried about other things,” she said, adding that she kept her bra on during the massage.
After what she described as a five-minute massage, Fisher then took her to her home studio, which was part of an attached unit at the back of the house, she said.
“I (I sat down, and I saw him come in, take a key from his pocket, put it in the lock, lock (the door), take out the key and put it in his pocket.”
Seconds after entering the locked studio on his own with Fisher, CD testified that she sat in the chair and he jumped on her legs, straddling her with his so she couldn’t move. .
“He kind of started (grabbing) my underwear, trying to pull it down,” CD said “I could only hold my hand over my underwear… I was just standing, I was holding on. It lasted maybe 10 minutes. I could feel my arms getting tired.
In tears at the booth, CD said she wanted to access her phone, but she knew she had to keep her hand on her underwear. there was no point in screaming, she said, as she believed the recording studio was soundproof. She described Fisher as being in a “frenzy” and “sniffing like an animal”.
“I just said something like, ‘You don’t have to do this,'” she said, adding that she felt the producer was “doing” because she was panicking. initially.
In response, Fisher let out a noticeable sigh and walked away from her, she said. He then unlocked the door and the songwriter felt she had escaped the attack. But instead of leaving, she testified that she stayed the rest of the day to finish her work with the producer, adding that the whole encounter from arriving at the Stevenson Ranch home to the massage until the incident alleged in the studio lasted all 20 minutes.
“I wanted to pretend that none of this had happened and that I was in control again, and I went through the working session with him,” she said, struggling once more to through tears. She would go on to tell the court that she had never expressed or shown any sexual or romantic interest in Fisher during their encounters, and would spend the following years wondering why this had happened to her, why she had stayed, etc.
“I didn’t know what was going to happen to me… I don’t understand why I was prioritizing my job over my own safety… I don’t understand that,” she said. ” I was very scared. ”
After returning from lunch break and being asked to identify Fisher for the court, CD, fighting back tears and informing the court that she was having an anxiety attack, raised her finger and pointed to the music producer.
She said she had felt years of shame and was unable to approach the emotional space and explore why this had happened, until 10 years later, when she learned that a friend of a friend had accused Fisher. At that point, she decided to share her story, she said.
During cross-examination, defense lawyer Jaaye Person-Lynn gave the alleged victim a step-by-step explanation of her testimony and the events she believes took place, calling into question her memory of the events of that day. -the.
CD admitted at the stand that she did not remember the answer to a number of questions, including: how many stairs had she climbed; if she could remember if there was a lock on the outside of the door; what Fisher had worn that day; what day of the week or what date on the calendar she had gone to visit him.
She said she had tried to “erase” much of that day from her memory over the years.
Person-Lynn also pointed out that CD told police that Fisher placed his hand in her skirt to pull on her underwear – but during her testimony on Wednesday she said he pulled on her leggings. She later said it was tights and a skirt she was wearing on the day of the alleged attack.
Person-Lynn also asked why she hadn’t screamed, asking her if she was sure for sure if the recording studio was soundproofed and she said “no”, basing her guess on her years of studio experience. ‘recording. She also said that at no time did Fisher attempt to kiss, fiddle with, or perform any of the sex acts outside of the ones she previously mentioned.
However, when asked if she came forward after hearing about a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Fisher all those years later, CD said she had not heard of the lawsuit, but came forward after hearing about a friend of a friend. and his son’s father encouraging him to contact the hotline set up after Fisher’s initial arrest last August.
“I had read that he was denying the accusations, and it really forced me to… I had no idea I was going to be here today to do this,” she said, “but I felt that I had to play my part. ”
The preliminary hearing is scheduled to continue Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in Department 42 of the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center. The court should hear from perhaps two other alleged victims, who use the acronyms “KL” and “AO”. The hearing must determine if there is enough evidence to proceed to a trial, which the judge will decide after the evidence is presented.
Before her testimony was cut short as the court suspended work for the day, AO said she also met Fisher at her Stevenson Ranch home.
Fisher is being held at the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic in lieu of $ 6.29 million bail.