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    Feb 26, 2015

    50 Shades inspired 'sexual assault' by US student


    PROSECUTORS in Chicago say a college student accused of sexual assault was inspired by the newly released movie version of Fifty Shades Of Grey.

    Mohammad Hossain, 19, was detained on US$500,000 (S$677,000) bail after he appeared in court on Monday, the Chicago Tribune reported on Tuesday. Prosecutors said he told police that he and his alleged victim were re-enacting scenes from the film in his dormitory room on Saturday.

    He allegedly told the woman to take off her clothes, then tied her up, covered her eyes with a knit hat, removed her underwear, stuffed a necktie in her mouth and began striking her with a belt. The woman told him to stop, saying Hossain was hurting her, but he continued.

    When the woman managed to free her arms, the accused allegedly held them behind her back and sexually assaulted her. Hossain's lawyer said the accused was active in leadership programmes at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

    "How can someone involved in all that let a movie persuade him to do something like this?" asked Judge Adam Bourgeois. "He would say that it was consensual," the lawyer replied.