A woman who alleges a now-imprisoned former doctor and Bermuda premier’s son molested her in his office told a civil jury Wednesday that she also was sexually abused by her mother’s boyfriend starting when she was 14 years old.
In emotional testimony, Myesha Daniels, now 32, said the inappropriate behavior lasted for years and that her mother refused to believe her when she complained.
Daniels said she initially considered the man to be like a stepfather, but that her opinion of him changed after the first incident when he ran his hands from her shoulder to her chest. She said that on another occasion, she went to school embarrassed because he once left a skin blemish on her neck, commonly known by the slang term “hickey.”
“It made me feel alone,” Daniels said. “I didn’t understand why she wasn’t protecting me.”
Daniels said she has lived in Southern California her entire life and that she has held mostly clerical jobs.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephen Moloney cut Daniels’ testimony short just as the plaintiff’s attorney, Brian Dunn, was about to question her about her first encounter with Dr. Kevin Brown at the Crenshaw Expo Medical Center. The facility is about 10 minutes from where she worked at the time in August 2007. Dunn said she sought help from Brown for menstrual problems.
Daniels, who is suing Brown and the medical center, is scheduled to resume her testimony Thursday.
Brown, whose father is former Bermuda Premier Ewart Brown, was convicted in August 2011 of 21 charges involving sexual assaults on nearly a dozen patients, including a 15-year-old and an undercover Los Angeles police officer. He was sentenced in December 2011 to 12 1/2 years in prison.
A video deposition of the incarcerated Brown, 44, will be played to jurors later in the trial in lieu of his live testimony, Dunn told jurors. Dunn said Brown no longer has a medical license.
— City News Service