Bill Cosby’s attorneys have introduced knowledgeable testimony about reminiscence forward of closing arguments in his sexual assault case.
The authorized staff’s witness is a part of their bid to discredit a lady’s account of Cosby allegedly sexually assaulting her 47 years in the past.
Dr Deborah Davis, a psychologist and knowledgeable in sexual communication, instructed a court docket in California recollections can fade over time and an individual can develop false recollections based mostly on particulars of unrelated occasions that occur later.
She mentioned: “Distortion of memory can be because of things like societal change or the #MeToo movement.
“It could cause you to consider it in another way and keep in mind it in another way.”
Dr Davis is part of one of three experts Cosby’s legal team was expected to call as it tries to persuade a jury in the trial in Santa Monica the comic’s accuser Judy Huth fabricated an account of a sexual assault that she said happened in 1975 at the Playboy Mansion.
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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 pressured her to carry out a intercourse act on him.
She mentioned she and her good friend Donna Samuelson, then 17, met the comedian whereas he was capturing a movie in a park.
They walked over to the filming of ‘Let’s Do It Again’ and Cosby is alleged to have approached the women 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.
Only 9 of the 12 jurors should agree on a verdict.
Their resolution have to be based mostly on a preponderance of the proof, which is a distinct commonplace than that utilized in legal trials, the place proof have to be discovered to be convincing past affordable doubt.
Earlier within the trial, a forensic psychiatrist referred to as by Huth’s staff mentioned that traumatic recollections from sexual assault had been strongly embedded in an individual’s mind and victims might precisely recall the main points of their trauma years and a long time afterwards.
The civil trial is likely one of the final authorized circumstances towards Cosby.
It is going down 11 months after ‘The Cosby Show’ star was free of jail when Pennsylvania’s highest court docket threw out his sexual assault conviction in a distinct case.
The comic and actor noticed his lovable household man popularity – constructed up enjoying dad Cliff Huxtable within the Nineteen Eighties tv comedy collection – shattered when greater than 50 girls accused him of sexual assaults over practically 5 a long time.
In 2018, Cosby was discovered responsible of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand, 49, who labored at Temple University in Philadelphia, in his house in 2004.
Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court 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 fees as a earlier district legal professional had publicly promised in 2005 to not prosecute the comic and in March, the US Supreme Court declined to overview the transfer.