A college student at University of Illinois at Chicago was accused of sexually assaulting another student. The student says that he was acting out a scene that was in the movie “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Illinois authorities have charged the student with sex crimes, regardless of his explanation.
The incident occurred in the student’s dorm room on a recent Saturday afternoon and involved a female friend with whom he had previously been intimate. Police say that the student asked the woman to take off her clothes, and he then bound her hands to a bed. He also bound her legs with a belt and placed a necktie in her mouth. Once he covered her eyes, he allegedly hit the woman with a belt. Even though the woman was crying for him to stop, he allegedly proceeded to strike her with his fists.
When she was able to get her arms free, he held onto them and allegedly raped her. The woman was eventually able to leave, which is when she informed someone of the incident. The student was charged, and he is being held on a $500,000 bail.
While sex crimes of this nature are viewed by the public as heinous, it is important to remember that, just because someone is charged, it does not mean that he or she is guilty. Defendants have the right to challenge any pieces of evidence prosecutors wish to use against them, and they also have the right to confront their accusers. Furthermore, Illinois prosecutors will need to prove that incidents occurred and convince juries of the validity of alleged victims’ claim before guilty verdicts can be rendered.
Source: Chicago Tribune, “Sex assault charges tied to ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ movie“, Steve Schmadeke, Feb. 24, 2015