A Cringeworthy Day on the Stand for Cosby's Drug Expert

Dr. Harry Milman admitted he got his drug stats from Google
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2018 7:02 AM CDT
Cosby Toxicology Expert: I Got My Drug Stats From Google
Pharmacologist Dr. Harry Milman, expert for the defense, walks through the Montgomery County Courthouse during a break in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial on Thursday in Norristown, Pa.   (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)

A toxicology expert brought in by Bill Cosby's legal team for his sexual assault retrial faced some embarrassing cross-examination questions Thursday, drawing both yawns and wide-eyed looks of disbelief from attendees with what Jezebel deems his "gibberish." Per ABC News, Maryland toxicologist Dr. Harry Milman was being quizzed in the Pennsylvania courtroom by Montgomery County Assistant DA Stewart Ryan on a discrepancy regarding the active ingredient in Benadryl, which Cosby originally said he'd given to accuser Andrea Constand the day of the alleged sexual assault in 2004. Milman said on the stand and in a report that only up to 10% of people experience side effects of diphenhydramine, but Ryan's own research noted that number was closer to 50%. He finally got blunt with Milman on his sourcing. "Did you Google it?," he asked, to which Milman replied, "Yes."

Other revelations on Milman during the day's proceedings, per Page Six: that the only three papers outside his cancer specialty have been about Viagra (and one of those was a letter to the editor), and that the only active license he holds is the one that allows him to get behind the wheel. "I hold a driver's license," he replied when asked for his credentials. When the subject of the two fiction books he's written came up, he also veered into self-promotion. "Maybe you'd like to pass them out to the jury?," he asked Ryan. Jezebel reports Milman runs a website called ToxNetwork.com, of which he appears to be the sole participant, and notes he's never been published in a peer-reviewed toxicology journal or taught at a college or university. Jezebel also reveals how much Cosby's legal team is said to be forking over to Milman: $675 per hour. (Cosby has admitted he gave quaaludes to other people.)

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