Elizabeth Loftus Ghislaine Maxwell’s Memory Expert

Elizabeth Loftus A false memory expert who promotes “repression folklore” theory is coming to court to critique the testimony of Jeffrey Epstein survivors.

As day 11 of the Ghislaine Maxwell trial starts, we are expected to this week hear from Dr Elizabeth Loftus, a Professor at UC Irvine.

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Loftus is best known for her work on the misinformation effect and eyewitness memory,and the creation and nature of false memories,including recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse.

“Under certain circumstances, memory goes array; it gets distorted. And that can ruin people’s lives,” she said in 2015.

She’s also consulting to Prince Andrew, plus has worked for Harvey Weinstein and serial killer Ted Bundy.

Elizabeth Loftus

Her work is controversial.

Loftus says she has been insulted by a prosecutor, attacked by an airplane passenger who recognized her, received hate mail, and received death threats.

Moreover, she has had to have protection by security guards while giving invited addresses.

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Her invitation to give the keynote address at the New Zealand Psychological Society’s conference in 2000 provoked the society’s director of scientific affairs, John Read, to resign from his position and for conference attendees to distribute materials critical of Loftus’ work.

Elizabeth Loftus stated that she “didn’t wear her best jacket” to give her address for “fear of flying tomatoes.”

We know of her from our other podcast Goodbye Glam Squad , which features Tom Girardi, the fraudulent lawyer from the Erin Brockervich movie.

The powerhouse Hollywood lawyer was married to a real housewife and he has allegedly misappropriated about $200million.

“I have been involved in many cases concerning Catholic priests and teachers because …but there are also false cases,” she said in 2015 on Girardi’s now-defunct podcast Champions of Justice.

What I see in some of these situations…there’s some publicity about the case and other people come forward. They try to use the continuous memory for the false memory.”

Girardi, who now says he has rapid onset dementia, interviewed Loftus for 40 minutes.

Dr Elizabeth Loftus

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She said:“Some of these cases are breathing new life into this repression folklore.”

Loftus has researched memory since the 1970s and says some people constructed ” a memory from something that never happened”.

“Bizarre cases that were being litigated claiming that they had been raped in satanic rituals, endured animal sacrifices and baby breeding and baby sacrifices,” she said.

Elizabeth Loftus

She adds: ”How does someone come to believe something so rich and detailed? It’s their truth…it can feel very much like a real memory.”

Prince and the Pervert Podcast Transcript

Lisa: I’m here today to tell you about the false memory expert who promotes “repression folklore theory.”

This week we’re expected to see Dr. Elizabeth Loftus, a professor at UC Irvine.

Loftus is best known for her work on the misinformation effect and eyewitness memory and the creation and nature of false memories, including recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse.

But guess what? She’s consulting to Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell, and in the past, she’s worked for disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and serial killer Ted Bundy as a witness in the court setting.

She’s very controversial, as one could imagine.

She was also attacked by an airplane passenger, who recognized her. Plus Loftus has received hate mail, death threats and had to have protection by security guards while giving out invited addresses.

Jen and I know of her from our other podcast, Goodbye Glam Squad.

He has also misappropriated about $200 million.

Now in 2015, Tom, who now says he has rapid onset dementia, that’s a long story. And if you want to get across that you’ll have to watch the last series of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, because his wife, Erika Jayne Gerardi is on the show. She also knows nothing.

What is going on? We are spending a lot of time on memory. It’s certainly fallible, isn’t it? Now Tom interviewed Loftus on his champions of justice podcast.

Yes, that’s right champions of justice. And he even had the Queen song Champions in the intro. But we’ve listened to this episode so you don’t have to, unless you want to, of course.

Now she says she has been involved in many cases concerning Catholic priests and teachers because, quote, there are also false cases.

Elizabeth Loftus does acknowledge that there are legitimate cases of sexual abuse. So she’s not she’s not discounting & is not questioning the trauma of people who have suffered sexual abuse.

But what she sees is there is some publicity about a case and other people come forward, they tried to use their continuous memory for the false memory.

So it just builds upon your existing memory, this alleged false memory.

Got it? Trust me, I’m a psychiatrist on the internet not.

“Some of these cases are breathing new life into this repression, folk law as in memory, memories that you get later, long after the alleged incident,” she said to Girardi.

Now, let’s give you an example of the kind of research that she does. She had one study which used a simulated car accident, and she used a stop sign in it, but was asking a leading question about a yield sign. And she said many of the witnesses in the study said it was a yield sign, not a stop sign when in fact, it was a stop sign.

So quote, “they’ve constructed a memory from something that never happened. Memory is contaminated.”

She goes on lighted to say that there are “bizarre cases that are being litigated, claiming that they had been raped in satanic rituals, and do it animal sacrifices and baby breathing and baby sacrifices.”

“How does someone come to believe something so rich and detailed? It’s their truth,”

Elizabeth Loftus acknowledges it can feel very much like a real memory.

She was also involved in the Oliver North testimony with the elat Iran Contra affair in the 80s, early 90s.

And she was looking in relation to Oliver North about the liability of memory.

She says under certain circumstances, memory goes awry, it gets distorted, and that can ruin people’s lives. Well, no doubt it can.

But she’s also worried that in the future now I hope some of those weirdo Epstein friends aren’t listening to this. People may be able to plant memories in the minds of others.

Now that raises some ethical issues, and I’m sure if we went to the little black book, belong to Epstein, where there’d be quite a few people we could call about that.

So you will see Elizabeth Loftus this week, with Ghislaine Maxwell this week,more than likely.

She will be testifying on behalf of Prince Andrew.

There’s an interesting New Yorker piece that she was profiled in talking about when she first met Weinstein.

And his question to her was: “How could something that was so consensual, be construed in this fashion as an assault?”

Well, I suppose that’s the nub of the issue. Weinstein in his warped mind, convinced the world thought that it was consensual.

Who knows? As we said in the podcast this week, 35 defense witnesses are being called. Some of them want to testify anonymously because they don’t want their lives ruined.

Others have travel problems and then there are some whose lawyers can’t be found over the weekend.

So be interesting to see when we finally get that list of names.

The government is opposing any anonymous witnesses.

As you can see from the Elizabeth Loftus situation certainly can get heated.

So to a degree I understand people’s reluctance to testify in support of Maxwell.

Some of them do have to travel so we believe that this may mean that coming from the UK or other parts of Europe because Maxwell’s mother was French. The accused also speaks fluent French.