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Harris, facing 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter, wore a suit and calmly addressed the jury.
Prosecution witnesses have previously described Harris as being in a leadership role at the Ghost Ship, in charge of collecting rent and organizing events.
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Harris said co-defendant Derek Almena introduced him a year before the fire as a "creative director." Harris said, "It was a fun surprise to me. It sounded like a joke and we were not close to being officious or the bureaucratic."
He said he called himself creative director sometimes to sound important in communications.
Harris' attorney, Curtis Briggs, said, "He was actually scrubbing toilets and stocking toilet paper. He's been in custody for two years, waiting to tell his story, waiting to connect with the jury, waiting to tell the truth."
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Ghost ship defendant Max Harris downplayed his role on the stand today saying his title “artistic director” was a “joke “ when he really cleaned toilets and sorted trash. sketch @vickibehringer #abc7news pic.twitter.com/pgW8lXVycf— Leslie Brinkley (@lrbrinkley) June 17, 2019