The Fifty Shades of Grey rape case has seemingly reached an end after a Cook County judge cleared accused University of Illinois Chicago student Mohammad Hossain of sexual assault charges. The judge did note the state can seek an indictment through a grand jury if they choose. The case became known as the Fifty Shades of Grey case because Hossain’s lawyers claimed the sex was a consensual re-enactment of scenes from the film.
On Thursday, Hossain’s 19-year-old accuser, a chemistry major at UIC, testified for more than ninety minutes at the preliminary hearing. She told the judge she met Hossain in a class, and they became “friends with benefits” and had sex “four or five” times in 2014.
She testified she had gone to see Fifty Shades of Grey by herself on Feb. 21, the day of the alleged sexual assault. After the movie, the two met and discussed the movie. She stated she agreed to remove her clothes and to be tied up. According to the alleged victim, the sexual encounter began as consensual until he started hitting her with a belt. She stated she began crying and repeatedly asked him to stop.
“I was saying, ‘No, stop,’ shaking my head from side to side. He said, ‘I want to see how much you can take.’ He said, ‘I want to see you cry.'”
Hossain’s lawyer, Joshua B. Kutnick, argued the woman had previously consented to sex with Hossain with her hands bound with a rubber band. They also argued the sexual encounter on Feb. 21 was a consensual re-enactment of scenes from Fifty Shades of Grey, claiming the woman never said she wanted to leave or screamed for help.
“The two of you were role-playing the movie, correct?” Kutnick asked.
The woman answered, “I didn’t see it that way.”
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that after listening to the alleged victim’s testimony on Thursday, Judge Peggy Chiampas ruled there was no probable cause to hold Hossain, stating the prosecution failed to meet their burden of proof. He was released Thursday evening from the Cook County jail where he had been held since his arrest last month.
Judge Chiampas asked the alleged victim if she said anything to Hossain when he bound her wrists or while he allegedly sexually assaulted her, and the woman answered no to the judge’s questions.
After his release, Hossain reportedly said he’ll be more careful about whom he can trust and that he wants to finish his education.
“All that really matters is becoming a doctor. I have one goal in mind, and that’s what I’ll set my heart to,” he said.
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