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Dominatrix Leaves Porn Baron Broke After Lengthy Court Battle

A British dominatrix has left her ex-boyfriend broke after a lengthy court battle.

Laura Bell, a dominatrix operating in Gloucestershire, was sued by her former lover, Steve Dawson, for supposedly bullying him out of shares of the femdom company they built, Adwelsh Media Ltd.

Dawson was originally a client of the dominatrix, whom he met online in 2002. Two years later, their S&M journey culminated in a business partnership and a full-blown romance.

The two bought an £850,000 piece of property in the village of Little Sodbury, which they used as the headquarters for Adwelsh Media Ltd.

Dawson and his dominatrix girlfriend operated their business together, but Bell owned 51 percent of the shares. She also starred in many of the movies.

In 2007, their relationship went sour. Though the two originally broke up on good terms, they soon began to fight over the company.

Dawson accepted £47,500 for his part in the business, but he later decided to take Bell to court.

The dominatrix’s former lover claimed his ex-girlfriend bullied him into selling his shares of the £500,000 business, “twisting his arm at every turn” until he signed them over in 2009.

Steve Dawsom claimed his girlfriend and dominatrix twisted his arm get his shares of the business.
Steve Dawson claimed his girlfriend and dominatrix, Laura Bell, bullied him into selling his shares of the £500,000 porn business, “twisting his arm at every turn” until he signed them over in 2009. (Image via Serko1982/Shutterstock)

According to Steve Dawson’s barrister, Seb Oram, the adult entertainment baron had been subjected to numerous threats from his domineering ex-girlfriend. Oram claims Bell threatened to use her majority shareholding power to vote Dawson off of the board if he did not sell his shares to her.

“It dawned on Mr Dawson that there was this clause which meant he was over a barrel,” said Oram. “He was bound to lose his directorship and therefore his shares. He discovered the writing was on the wall in so far as those shares could be taken away from him and he could be removed as a director.”

Dawson’s claims were rejected by the High Court’s Judge Anthony Havelock-Allen in 2014.

The judge found it hard to believe that a man who had a fetish for being dominated was suing his dominatrix for bullying him.

“Assessing the credibility of a claimant who has a fetish for female domination and claims to have been the victim of duress and intimidation by his female partner is not easy.”

Also, in what was perhaps a perfect display of British wit, Judge Havelock-Allen wrote off Mr. Dawson’s claims of duress by telling him he should not mix business with pleasure.

“There is an old adage that it is unwise to mix business with pleasure. This case is perhaps a paradigm example.”

The judge was no less skeptical of Ms. Bell, though.

“Assessing the credibility of a defendant who denies threatening behaviour, but who has made a career as a dominatrix and appearances in femdom videos is not easy either.”

He also claimed the dominatrix was tougher than she let on in the courtroom.

“I am certain that, beneath the relatively composed exterior which she presented in court, she is a tough individual. I doubt it is possible to make a career in the adult entertainment industry without having that attribute.”

The judge told Steve he should not mix business with pleasure.
Judge Anthony Havelock-Allen told Steve Dawson: “There is an old adage that it is unwise to mix business with pleasure. This case is perhaps a paradigm example.” (Image via Pixelbliss/Shutterstock)

Dawson took his claims to the Court of Appeal, but he met with a similar fate.

Lord Justice Longmore, sitting with Lord Justice Tomlinson and Lord Justice Sales, rejected the jilted boyfriend’s appeals but said they would give their reasons on a later date.

Dawson, who left a £60,000 a year job to run Adwelsh, now has “absolutely no money” according to Laura Bell’s barrister, Matthew Mason.

However, Mason also pointed out that, in an ironic twist, the dominatrix is suffering substantially at the hands of her former client.

“Miss Bell is now heavily in debt and has been vexed to no end. Mr Dawson has sought to cause as much grief, upset, and costs to her as possible, as is evident from his conduct.”

There is no news yet on whether or not Dawson will continue his appeals.

[Image via Serko1982/Shutterstock]

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