Lawyers for ex-hand surgeon Michael "Suitcase Full of Dildos" Brown claim that the former creepiest commercial pitchman "suffered involuntary intoxication" and does not recall assaulting flight attendants in January.
In papers filed in a Miami federal court last week, Brown's lawyers say clinical and forensic psychologist Stanford Drob examined the former coke-hoovering wife-beater and found his behavior "consistent with the type of drug induced dissociative episodes that are document, if relatively uncommon, side effect of certain sedative agents, including Restoril, which Dr. Brown reports he had taken prior to his flight on British Airways [sic]."
Drob also concluded that "[t]he side effects of Restoril may have also been precipitated or exacerbated by" Brown's alcohol consumption. Brown allegedly has no recollection of the incident.
Brown's lawyers state that while they do not "intend to argue voluntary intoxication as an affirmative defense," they reserve "the right to present evidence" that Brown took the prescribed medication "and one glass of wine prior to takeoff."
The lawyers helpfully filed a medication guide for Restoril, which warns that "you may get up out of bed while not being fully awake and do an activity that you do not know you are doing," including "sleep-driving," and "having sex." The guide also states that "you have a higher chance for doing these activities if you drink alcohol or take other medicine that make you sleepy with Restoril."
The guide also states that a person considering Restoril should tell their doctor about health conditions, including any "history of depression, mental illness, or suicidal thoughts." According to Texas Medical Board records, Brown was previously diagnosed with "adjustment disorder with depressed mood, Bipolar disorder type 2, and depressive personality disorder with obsessive-compulsive features." (It's unclear if the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders at the time included coding for "Batshit Insane.") He also wrote a letter to his then-infant daughter that he had driven to a field with a pillow and a pistol with the express purpose of committing suicide.
A counselor at the Sante Center for Healing rehab facility recommended the Browns check into another rehab facility, Passages, in 2010, according to court records. The counselor's notes reflect that was Rachel was concerned about Brown's alcohol consumption; at Passages, the Browns were to have attended classes for "understanding addiction" and "staying sober."
In a document containing the counselor's notation "Michael prepared this," Brown appears to have written of his wife, "I believe she uses my drinking as a scapegoat for her behavior...she provokes problems by her behavior, then capitalizes on the fact that I may have had a drink...."
Seems strange that, if alcohol consumption was of major significance in 2010, Brown -- who we hear has, like, a medical degree or something -- would knowingly combine alcohol with a drug, especially when the drug's safety information expressly warns against it. We're not sure how that rises to "involuntary" intoxication.
Apparently, federal prosecutors agree: in their response to Brown's filings, write that "it borders on the absurd to suggest that the defendant's ingestion of the Restoril and alcohol was 'involuntary' as a matter of law (or, for that matter, was involuntary in any sense of the word)."
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