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A 19-year-old University of Illinois at Chicago freshman was arrested on Saturday, charged with one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault. He allegedly told police that he and the 19-year-old woman he was with were re-enacting Fifty Shades of Grey scenes.
Mohammad Hossain allegedly assaulted the woman in his dorm room, reports the Chicago Tribune. Assistant state’s attorney Sarah Karr detailed the victim’s account to the newspaper. Hossain allegedly asked the woman, whom he had previously been “intimate” with but was not dating, to strip down to her bra and underwear. Then, said Karr, he bound her hands and legs with belts and stuffed a necktie in her mouth.
Hossain allegedly proceeded to cover her eyes with a knit cap, remove the rest of her clothing and hit her with both a belt and his fists. When the woman told him to stop, started crying and began to wiggle her arms free, Karr said Hossain held her arms back and sexually assaulted her. Prosecutors said when Hossain’s roommate came home following the incident, Hossain held the door shut. Eventually, the woman left and called the police.
According to the Chicago Tribune, at Hossain’s bail hearing, his defense attorney detailed all of the UIC leadership programs Hossain is involved in, saying he also was on the triathlon team and was student ambassador to the alumni association. When the judge asked how someone involved in all of these organizations could let a movie persuade him to engage in these actions, the defense attorney replied: “He would say it was consensual.”
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