Diego Bunuel, who used to head documentaries at Netflix, is accused of raping his wife, Maggie Kim, multiple times. The couple is currently embroiled in a bitter divorce battle. The 46-year-old French-American filmmaker and former Netflix executive now has a warrant out for his arrest in the United States. He remained in France as of Thursday morning and has only communicated to reporters through his attorneys.
Bunuel is currently the head of programming at France Télévisions, a French state broadcaster, according to reports. Maggie Kim, an acclaimed writer and socialite, claimed in court documents that her estranged husband raped her at Martha’s Vineyard in 2017. The United States has issued a warrant for his arrest and charged Diego Bunuel with felony rape in Massachusetts.
Court papers, which were filed at Dukes County Superior Court in Massachusetts, detailed what happened in 2017 between the Netflix exec and his wife. She gave a sworn affidavit to police on Martha’s Vineyard, claiming that her estranged husband sexually assaulted her in 2017 during a bitter divorce battle in which Bunuel won custody of the kids. According to reports, the two are still legally married.
Kim filed court papers that alleged Bunuel raped her at Martha’s Vineyard 10 days after he filed for divorce. “It appears Bunuel committed the sexual assault on Martha’s Vineyard after he had surreptitiously filed divorce papers in France,” Kim’s attorney, Ryan McGuigan said.
“As a result of the willful and/or malicious conduct of the Defendant, the plaintiff sustained abrasions and contusions to her neck and body,” the court documents alleged. “In addition, the plaintiff suffered mental and emotional anguish, nervousness, increased heart rhythm, shortness of breath and increased blood pressure, some or all of which are likely to be permanent in nature.”
“As a further result of the willful and/or malicious conduct of the Defendant, the Plaintiff has been and will be unable to engage in personal and family, leisure, and social activities as she did prior to the incidents, all of which has and will cause her loss,” Kim’s complaint continued.
Before the incident, Maggie Kim was living with Diego Bunuel and their children at his various properties in the United States and France. Now she splits her time between Los Angeles and France, but only visits the latter to spend time with her kids. She claimed that she was left “in actual fear of her life” during the alleged incident. She said that she struggled to escape as her estranged husband told her he wanted to hurt her.
Diego Bunuel is currently staying away from the United States, despite having dual citizenship. He can not come back into the country without being arrested. As of Thursday afternoon, he has remained in France with his two kids. Maggie Kim claimed that he refused to bring their children back to the United States, even though the kids also have dual U.S. and French citizenship.
Ryan McGuigan told reporters that “it seems that Bunuel is using his arrest warrant as an excuse to prevent Miss Kim from taking her children back to the [United States] when they are U.S. citizens.”
It was also reported that back in April, a judge in Massachusetts dismissed Kim’s civil lawsuit against her husband. The judge also ruled that a French court could oversee Kim’s rape case. McGuigan commented on the ruling, explaining that it was “shocking.” He said that “a judge in Massachusetts has dismissed Miss Kim’s civil claims of sexual battery that occurred on Martha’s Vineyard as the judge ruled he thought that she could bring this claim in France.”
“The court decided that it was more convenient for the case to be brought in a foreign country, where the rape did not actually occur,” McGuigan continued. “We disagree.”
“Martha’s Vineyard has long been a vacation destination of billionaire playboys, impaired senators, and ex-presidents,” McGuigan said. “The Public could interpret it to mean that the powerful and the privileged on Martha’s Vineyard continue to receive preferential treatment when they abuse the under-privileged. What the Public could interpret from this case is that it is acceptable for someone to come to Martha’s Vineyard [to] commit a crime and get away with it.”
According to reports, the Netflix executive joined the streaming giant as head of original documentaries for the EMEA region in 2018 but left the company in 2019. He claimed at the time that he made the decision because he wanted to relocate his family to Paris full time.