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    Silicon Valley Investor Defends Himself Against Sex Slavery Allegations

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    Michael Goguen, a prominent Silicon Valley investor, has filed a cross-complaint against allegations that he kept a “sexual slave” for 13 years, claiming that he is the victim of an extortion attempt.

    Last week, Amber Laurel Baptiste filed a lawsuit alleging Michael Goguen, a Silicon Valley investor and philanthropist, kept her "a victim of human trafficking," sexually and physically abusing her for 13 years. The lawsuit saw Mr. Goguen instantly fired by Sequoia Capital, a Silicon Valley-based investment company, after nearly 20 years with the firm.

    According to the initial lawsuit, Baptiste and Goguen conducted an agreement that Goguen would pay Baptiste $40 million, "as compensation for the horrors she suffered at his hands," effectively supposing that Ms. Baptiste will not sue Goguen as long as he pays. But, according to Baptiste, after paying an initial $10m, he refused to fulfill the rest of the agreement, said to be able to "break [Baptiste] free of the human traffickers who held her in perpetual debt."

    In his cross-complaint, however, Goguen describes their relations as "kind and loving," describing in detail the feelings and language used by Baptiste toward him.

    Despite both sides having yet proved their claims, Sequoia Capital remains convinced that Goguen's "departure was appropriate," will not rehire him, even if he wins the lawsuit.

    Goguen, among other activities, funds an air search and rescue service. He also provided a $2m grant for a Montana-based Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force to investigate online child pornography.

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