A former CIA officer accused of drugging and sexually assaulting 25 women has hired celebrity memory experts who have testified for Harvey Weinstein, Ghislaine Maxwell and Bill Cosby.
Brian Raymond, 47, plans to call on professor Dr. Deborah Davis of the University of Nevada for his defense – as she works as a psychology specialist who studies the ‘functioning of human memory under the influence of alcohol’.
According to a new filing, Davis will bring her expertise on consent under the influence, along with psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Loftus. Raymond’s trial is scheduled for November 8, but his lawyers are trying to postpone it until April.
Raymond is accused of filming his naked victims while they were unconscious, pushing open their eyelids and groping their bodies. Some of the alleged crimes took place in houses rented by embassies in different countries.
Brian Raymond, 47, plans to call on Dr. Deborah Davis for his defense – as she works as a psychology specialist who studies the ‘functioning of human memory under the influence of alcohol’.
Davis previously testified in Bill Cosby’s civil assault case, telling the court in June 2022 that memories can fade over time. Cosby lost the case and was ordered to pay $500,000 in damages for a woman he assaulted in 1975.
She told his trial: ‘Distortion of memory can result from things like societal changes or the #MeToo movement. It can make you think about it differently and remember it differently.’
After a trial in 2018, Cosby was criminally convicted of sexually assaulting a woman and sentenced to prison. His case was later overturned on appeal and he is now free.
Davis was also called as a witness at the trial of convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein in November 2022. The famous movie mogul was accused of assault by several people in Hollywood and was charged in both New York and California.
She was also called to the civil rape case of filmmaker Paul Haggis because of her expertise. Davis told the New York court in October 2022 that people “bend” memories of events to meet their emotional needs.
“What remains over time is the story we tell ourselves about what happened,” Davis said. ‘Memory for central details can be very inaccurate.’
According to a document detailing Brian Raymond’s use of the psychologist: “Dr. Davis will explain that in a period of blackout from alcohol consumption, a person may be able to demonstrate consent to sexual activity through physical and verbal action.”
Dr. Deborah Davis previously testified in Bill Cosby’s civil assault case, telling the court in June 2022 that memories can fade over time. Cosby lost the case
Psychologist Elizabeth Loftus arrives for the rape trial of Harvey Weinstein in New York, February 2020. In an August 25 filing, Raymond’s defense announced that they would call Loftus to also testify on his behalf.
In an August 25 filing, Raymond’s defense announced that they were also investigating Dr. Elizabeth Loftus would call to testify on his behalf. She is an “expert in memory science, including the nature of memory reconstruction.”
. Loftus “will inform the jury that suggestive activity can explain how a person goes from having no memory of sexual abuse to later having ‘memories’ of abuse, even if the memories are false.”
She was paid $600 an hour while testifying at the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell – Jeffrey Epstein’s mistress who was convicted for her role in a sex trafficking ring and is now in federal prison.
Loftus told Maxwell’s jury: ‘(Memory) does not work as a recording device. We actually construct our memories as we reminisce.”
During Weinstein’s rape trial in February 2020, she told the court: ‘False memories, once created – either through misinformation or through these suggestive processes – can be experienced with a lot of emotion, a lot of confidence and a lot of detail. even if they are false.’
Raymond, who worked at the U.S. Embassy, was arrested on October 9, 2020, in La Mesa, California, on charges of assault and sexual abuse.
The FBI began investigating Raymond after Mexican police responded in May 2020 to a call from a passerby who reported seeing a “naked, hysterical woman desperately screaming for help” on the terrace of a Mexico City apartment rented by the U.S. government was hired.
Investigators found more than 500 photos and videos on Raymond’s iCloud account in which he appeared to film unconscious women, many of whom he met on dating apps, according to court documents.
Some of the photos allegedly showed Raymond naked and excited as he held the victims’ eyes open, played with their limbs and put fingers in their mouths to show they were unconscious.
Raymond, 47, pictured, former CIA agent, admitted to drugging and raping at least 26 women but now claims he is not guilty because he suffers from erectile dysfunction
Raymond left his job in June and moved back in with his parents in California, where he was arrested. In July 2021, the former officer pleaded guilty to sexual abuse and transporting obscene material.
He served between 13 and 27 years behind bars at the sentencing, which was scheduled for November.
But in an April 29, 2022, motion to withdraw his guilty plea, Raymond’s attorneys cited reasons for wanting to drop the plea, including his “enlarged prostate” and the drug he was taking for it, which caused erectile dysfunction.
Raymond’s attorneys say their client has an enlarged prostate and has been taking dutasteride, a drug marketed under the brand name Avodart, “for years,” the motion said, and that one of the side effects of dutasteride is erectile dysfunction.
Since his arrest, he has been denied bail and is currently awaiting trial in a Washington, DC jail.