A former executive who claims he was beaten by two Los Angeles police officers has acknowledged snorting so-called bath salts but not at the time of the incident.

Brian Mulligan was cross-examined Wednesday in federal court, where he is suing for $20 million in damages.

The onetime executive of Deutsche Bank said he used bath salts to deal with sleeping problems but denied the substance made him paranoid at the time of the 2012 confrontation.

Mulligan said that after using bath salts at least 20 times he had negative effects including anxiety and jitteriness.

Mulligan denied a defense accusation that he invented portions of his story and of hallucinating in the presence of the officers, but did testify he told them there might be people following him.