Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times, August 12, 2011
Dr. Kevin Brown was a prominent South L.A. physician with an impressive international resume. He was also the son of the former premier of Bermuda.
He organized charity fundraisers at the Playboy Mansion attended by celebrities like Don Cheadle and Khloe Kardashian.
Authorities, however, allege that Brown was also a predator who sexually assaulted nearly a dozen patients, including a 15-year-old and an undercover Los Angeles Police Department officer. After a nearly three-week trial, the jury began deliberations Thursday in the case.
L.A. County Deputy Dist. Atty. Ann Marie Wise said Brown used his Crenshaw Boulevard practice as “his personal playground,” where anyone who came in “was his prey.”
Defense attorney Edi Faal called the accusations outright lies and said authorities had a vendetta against Brown because he had previously been acquitted in two other sexual assault cases. They also allege bias because one of the women was the niece of an LAPD officer.
Brown is charged with 29 felony counts. If convicted on all counts, he could face life in prison.
Wise told jurors that some witnesses were reluctant to report Brown because he was a respected doctor. Prosecutors said some witnesses encouraged Brown to turn to God so his career would not be ruined.
One woman who claimed Brown kissed her and touched her inappropriately during a 2005 exam said she wrote the doctor a letter urging him to seek spiritual help. That letter was later found in her medical records and portions were read back in court.
The defense also pounced on discrepancies in the testimony of Stacey Young, an undercover vice officer who posed as a patient during the 2008 visit.
Young told jurors last week that when Brown pulled her tank top up, exposing her left breast, she pushed him away and said, “Whoa, whoa, whoa–what are you doing?” But Faal showed that the exchange was not recorded on LAPD undercover tapes of the encounter.