CHICAGO – A University of Illinois at Chicago student was jailed this weekend for allegedly re-enacting scenes from the movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” by binding and striking a woman with a belt while sexually assaulting her.
Mohammad Hossain, 19, “would say that it was consensual” Cook County public defender Sandra Benneqitz told Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. at the student’s arraignment Monday, when Hossain pleaded not guilty to aggravated criminal sexual assault and was remanded on a $500,000 bond, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Police allege Hossain and the victim – the two had been intimate in the past – went to his dorm room around 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Hossain allegedly ordered the woman, 19, to strip down to her underwear then bound her hands and feet with belts, stuffed a tie in her mouth, and covered her eyes with a knit cap, according to the news site.
Hossain then allegedly beat the victim repeatedly with a belt until she began to cry and plead for help, Assistant State’s Attorney Sarah Karr told DNAinfo.com. Despite screaming “no,” “stop,” and “you’re hurting me,” Hossain allegedly proceeded to sexually assault the woman.
The woman broke free of the restraints several times during the attack, but Hossain held her down to prevent her escape, Karr told the news site.
“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,” the Chicago Tribune reports.
“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 eventually arrived, soon after the attack was over, though Hossain allegedly held the door closed to keep him out. The victim left and reported the alleged rape to police, who caught up with Hossain later in the evening at another dorm building, the Tribune reports.
“He was interviewed by UIC detectives and, according to Karr, admitting assaulting the woman and ‘doing something wrong,’” according to the news site. “He allegedly told police he and the woman were re-enacting scenes from ‘Fifty Shakes of Grey.’”
The attack is now drawing attention from critics of the popular sexual bondage film centered on college graduate Anastasia Steele, who becomes entangled in a sadomasochistic sexual relationship with young business magnate Christian Grey.
Dawn Hawkins, spokeswoman for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, believes the film glorifies sexual violence, and didn’t seem particularly surprised by Hossain’s arrest.
“It makes people think that this is kind of a healthy intimacy that they should try to engage in in order to spice up their relationship, but really it’s just violence,” Hawkins told ABC 7.
Universal Pictures, the studio that produced “Fifty Shades of Grey,” did not respond to ABC 7’s request for comment.