In the child sexual abuse criminal trial of Jerry Sandusky, the former assistant coach of the Penn State University football team, the defense made an argument that Sandusky had histrionic personality disorder, described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) as a disorder in which people act in a very emotional and dramatic way that draws attention to themselves, including acting or looking overly seductive and believing that relationships are more intimate than they really are. Considering that Sandusky was convicted on 45 out of 48 criminal counts, one can assume that this particular defense didn’t work … at least not in the way the defense hoped it would.
 
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