Bill Cosby’s attorneys have introduced knowledgeable testimony about reminiscence forward of closing arguments in his sexual assault case.
The authorized crew’s witness is a part of their bid to discredit a girl’s account of Cosby allegedly sexually assaulting her 47 years in the past.
Dr Deborah Davis, a psychologist and knowledgeable in sexual communication, informed a court docket in California reminiscences can fade over time and an individual can develop false recollections primarily based on particulars of unrelated occasions that occur later.
She mentioned: “Distortion of reminiscence might be due to issues like societal change or the #MeToo motion.
“It will possibly trigger you to consider it in a different way and keep in mind it in a different way.”
Dr Davis is a part of one among three consultants Cosby’s authorized crew was anticipated to name because it tries to steer a jury within the trial in Santa Monica the comedian’s accuser Judy Huth fabricated an account of a sexual assault that she mentioned occurred in 1975 on the Playboy Mansion.
Huth, 64, testified earlier this week Cosby, 84, invited her to the home the place he allegedly tried to place his hand down her pants after which compelled her to carry out a intercourse act on him.
She mentioned she and her pal Donna Samuelson, then 17, met the comedian whereas he was taking pictures a movie in a park.
They walked over to the filming of ‘Let’s Do It Once more’ and Cosby is alleged to have approached the ladies and “bantered” with them earlier than inviting pair to satisfy him the next Saturday at a tennis membership.
Huth’s testimony got here after Cosby’s attorneys employed their ‘Donkey Kong protection’ within the case.
Its title refers to their response to Samuelson’s declare of enjoying the online game on the Playboy Mansion in 1975, six years earlier than its launch.
Huth beforehand mentioned the incident occurred in 1974, when she was 15, however not too long ago mentioned she now believes it was 1975.
The 12-person jury sitting on the case is anticipated to start listening to closing arguments within the coming days.
Solely 9 of the 12 jurors should agree on a verdict.
Their resolution should be primarily based on a preponderance of the proof, which is a unique commonplace than that utilized in legal trials, the place proof should be discovered to be convincing past cheap doubt.
Earlier within the trial, a forensic psychiatrist referred to as by Huth’s crew mentioned that traumatic reminiscences from sexual assault had been strongly embedded in an individual’s mind and victims may precisely recall the main points of their trauma years and a long time afterwards.
The civil trial is without doubt one of the final authorized circumstances in opposition to Cosby.
It’s going down 11 months after ‘The Cosby Present’ star was free of jail when Pennsylvania’s highest court docket threw out his sexual assault conviction in a unique case.
The comic and actor noticed his lovable household man repute – constructed up enjoying dad Cliff Huxtable within the Nineteen Eighties tv comedy sequence – shattered when greater than 50 ladies accused him of sexual assaults over almost 5 a long time.
In 2018, Cosby was discovered responsible of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand, 49, who labored at Temple College in Philadelphia, in his residence in 2004.
Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court docket final June overturned the conviction after the comedian had served greater than two years of a 3 to 10-year sentence.
The court docket mentioned Cosby mustn’t have confronted the costs as a earlier district lawyer had publicly promised in 2005 to not prosecute the comic and in March, the US Supreme Court docket declined to overview the transfer.