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Bath salts irrelevant to bank exec's LAPD abuse claim, lawyer says

October 15, 2012 |  1:15 pm

Brian Mulligan An attorney for Deutsche Bank executive Brian C. Mulligan said his clients' alleged "bath salts" abuse is irrelevant to the "severe unwanted and illegal beating" he suffered at the hands of two Los Angeles police officers.

Mulligan has alleged that after he was injured in May by two LAPD officers, the Los Angeles police manufactured a report that painted him as a snarling, thrashing man who told the officers he'd recently ingested synthetic drugs known as bath salts.

But days before the May confrontation, Mulligan apparently told a Glendale police officer a similar account to what appears in the LAPD report. He said he'd previously snorted "white lightning," a type of bath salts, and believed that a helicopter had been trailing him, according to a Glendale police recording of the conversation.

Mulligan's attorney dismissed the bath salts as irrelevant to the $50-million brutality claim he has filed against the LAPD.

"We are going to try this case in court in front of a jury and not in the media," Miller said.

He said statements released by the LAPD officer's union are nothing but "mudslinging."

Union officials said the Glendale recording clearly undercuts Mulligan's allegations.

"Bath salts lead to delusion, and as in this case, bizarre [litigation]," said Tyler Izen, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League. "Hopefully, now that the truth is coming out, instead of continuing to spend his money on  lawyers and trying to weave a fictitious tale of abuse at the hands of the LAPD, Mulligan will seek the substance-abuse treatment he so clearly needs."

Mulligan alleged that the LAPD officers dragged him to a motel, threatened to kill him if he left and then, when they discovered he'd escaped, beat him so badly that he suffered 15 fractures to his nose and required dozens of stitches.

When Mulligan spoke to a Glendale officer in early May, he said he knew his allegations sounded crazy, but reported that he believed he was being followed by a helicopter.

Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said a recording of the encounter was turned over to the LAPD.

Mulligan acknowledged snorting the bath salts as often as 20 times. He said he had been trying to find something to help him sleep because he had a "stressful job" and travels extensively. He said he tried to throw the bath salts away and promised the officer to never buy more.

The officer issued him a stern warning: "I guarantee you that if you continue using that stuff, it will change who you are and it will destroy your family. I absolutely guarantee, 'cause you will stop being who you are and you will become something totally different."

"I've already felt that," Mulligan replied.

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Photo: Brian Mulligan.  Credit: Chelsea Lauren / Getty Images.

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