A 19-year old Chicago student has been charged with criminal sexual assault after he sexually abused a fellow classmate because he was trying to reenact scenes from Fifty Shades of Grey.
University of Illinois freshman Muhammad Hussain allegedly invited his female classmate, who, according to the prosecutor Sarah Karr, ‘he’d previously been intimate with,’ to his room on Saturday night. Then the two began the process of having sex before Hussain decided to take things to another level.
Reports Chicago Tribune:
Once inside his dorm, in the 900 block of West Harrison Street, Hossain allegedly asked the woman to remove her clothing and she did, keeping on her bra and underwear, Karr said. He then bound her hands above her head and to a bed with a belt, used another belt to bind her legs and stuffed a necktie into her mouth, Karr said.
Hossain used a knit cap to cover the woman’s eyes, Karr said, and removed the woman’s bra and underwear. He then began striking the woman with a belt. After hitting her several times, the woman told Hossain he was hurting her, told him to stop “and began shaking her head and crying,” said Karr.
Hossain continued striking the woman — including with his fists, according to an arrest report — and she managed to get one arm, and then another, free. But he then held her arms behind her back and sexually assaulted her as she continued to plead for him to stop, according to Karr.
Hossain’s roommate came home soon after the assault and, prosecutors said, Hossain held the door shut to prevent him from entering. The woman then left and told another person what happened, then called police.
Police later arrested Husssain that same night in another dorm room and during questioning by detectives, he admitted assaulting the woman and ‘doing something wrong’ but claimed that they were trying to reenact some of the BDSM scenes portrayed in 50 Shades of Grey.’
In his defense, Hussain’s attorney Sandra Bennewitz said her client is a model student who has participated in several university leadership programs, had been a student ambassador to the alumni association and wass a member of the triathlon team. This prompted the surprised judge to ask, ‘Sandra, how can someone involved in all that let a movie persuade him to do something like this?’ to which Bennewitz replied, ‘He would say that it was consensual.’
Hussain’s bail was set at $500,000.
Despite its commercial success, Fifty Shades of Grey has been highly criticized as promoting sexual violence. The movie adaptation of the romance novel has been banned in seven countries so far due to its sexually explicit scenes.