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Student Arrested for Acting Out 50 Shades of Grey Scene

University of Illinois at Chicago student leader has been charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old female student in what Cook County prosecutors say was a re-enactment of scenes from the film “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Freshman Mohammad Hossain, 19, appeared shocked after a Cook County judge set his bail at $500,000, walking back to the lockup with his mouth wide open, reports the Chicago Tribune.

The judge was taken aback after Hossain’s lawyer, assistant Cook County public defender Sandra Bennewitz, said Hossain had been involved with several UIC leadership programs, was a student ambassador to the alumni association and was on the triathlon team.

“Sandra, how can someone involved in all that let a movie persuade him to do something like this?” asked Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr.

“He would say that it was consensual,” she replied.

Prosecutors said Hossain and the woman went to Hossain’s dorm room about 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The two had “previously been intimate” but were not dating, said Assistant State’s Attorney Sarah Karr.

Once inside his dorm, in the 900 block of West Harrison Street, Hossain allegedly asked the woman to remove her clothing and she did, keeping on her bra and underwear, Karr said. He then bound her hands above her head and to a bed with a belt, used another belt to bind her legs and stuffed a necktie into her mouth, Karr said.

Hossain used a knit cap to cover the woman’s eyes, Karr said, and removed the woman’s bra and underwear. He then began striking the woman with a belt. After hitting her several times, the woman told Hossain he was hurting her, told him to stop “and began shaking her head and crying,” said Karr.

Fifty Shades of Grey is a 2011 erotic romance novel by British author E. L. James. It is the first installment in the Fifty Shades trilogy that traces the deepening relationship between a college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and a young business magnate, Christian Grey. It is notable for its explicitly erotic scenes featuring elements of sexual practices involving bondage/discipline, dominance/submission, and sadism/masochism (BDSM). Originally self-published as an ebook and a print-on-demand, publishing rights were acquired by Vintage Books in March 2012.

The second and third volumes, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, were published in 2012. Fifty Shades of Grey has topped best-seller lists around the world, including those of the United Kingdom and the United States. The series has sold over 100 million copies worldwide and been translated into 52 languages, and set a record in the United Kingdom as the fastest-selling paperback of all time. Critical reception of the book, however, has tended toward the negative, with the quality of its prose generally seen as poor. Universal Pictures and Focus Features produced a film adaptation, which was released on 13 February 2015 and also received generally unfavorable reviews.

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About Cynthia Schnepp (899 Articles)
YouTube Personality 'ShantiUniverse', Chief Editor & Columnist of From San Antonio Texas has lived in New York, England, and Las Vegas.
  • Horrifying, but unsurprising. These awful books/films have put the message loud and clear into the public consciousness that women like being sexually abused and terrorised. It’s one thing if an established adult couple decides to try some of the things in the books to ‘spice things up’, but there will be inexperienced college kids and vulnerable young adults trying this out because it’s the cool thing, and thus have a real risk of badly hurting, and even killing, each other. The young women may ‘consent’ at the time, but are still likely to be badly hurt, physically and emotionally, and left deeply traumatised.

    I find it very frightening how popular the books are, when it’s made explicit that Christian Grey is only the way he is due to years of horrific childhood abuse. Obviously there’s nothing healthy about the way it is and it comes from an awful, damaged, dark place - yet the whole world is going crazy for this dysfunction as long as it’s ‘consensual’. Well, not only can consent be very easily manufactured or cajoled, it is also not the arbiter of what will or won’t hurt or damage someone or how deep that damage will go. Abuse with the victim’s consent is still abuse.

    (Site’s looking great by the way!)

  • Plantagenet Robinson

    How quaint America is ! Doesn’t a bra count as underwear ? Why should being in a triathlon team make crime particularly unlikely ? And that lockup — lockups have not been used in England since the 19th century, or possibly even the 18th century,

    • U.N. Owen


      I’m - mercifully - not in Chicago, but, even then, ‘jail’ (that IS what you mean by ‘lockup,’ correct?) has NOT been disused, what planet are you from?

      When one does something illegal - or,I’ll be more accurate for your simple-mindedness - when one’s arrested for possible criminal activity, they’re taken to a local jail, where they’re LOCKED-UP.

      They’re their until they see a judge, who will either release them - charges dropped, or release them - with either bail, or no bail. The last option - no bail - straight to jail to await either trial, or they’re sentenced then and there.

      IF they can’t pay bail, they REMAIN LOCKED UP.

      As I mentioned in my comment (above) it’s very scary how DUMB people are becoming.

      Things I learnt in school when I was really young, university/college-æ people have NO CLUE about, today.

      For you - to take this ridiculous position (And, if it’s NOT your position - then you’ve a very poor grasp at good communication skills) about lockups (another word for ‘jail’ (and, don’t tell me there’s no jails in the UK. THAT’s nonsense).

      People who are of the age of majority (an ‘adult’) and who are still so, so un-educated (and adamant in their idiocy!) are just utter wastes. The cost/time/effort involved in trying to ‘help’ someone get educated (over the age of 18) is so high, so long, the benefits - aren’t worth it, to society, at large. I’m all for euthanasia on anyone so utterly useless, and other wastrels.

      • Menelik A I

        It’s just your quaint use of this old word “lockup” which is amusing, that’s all. A lockup is like a very small detached shed made of stone, including the roof, and quite often round. You still see them in villages, but they aren’t used any more. I think they were mainly used to put drunken young men for the night to cool off, and then they would be let out in the morning, but also to detain more serious suspects temporarily until they could be taken to the county town.

        What you are describing is not a gaol either (you are welcome to have a laugh at our quaint spelling here), it’s a police cell in our parlance. It’s nothing like a lock-up, because it is attached to a police station and manned. People arrested then have to be seen by a magistrate, not by a judge. It is decided on various factors whether the case will be tried by a panel of magistrates, or by a judge and jury. In many cases people can be released pending trial without having to pay any money, although there may be conditions like reporting regularly to the police station.

        I don’t think I am particularly “dumb”, as you put it — certainly I can speak. It’s just a case of different vocabulary and different systems, as with the bra, which in England is very definitely counted as underwear. I don’t believe that American schoolchildren have a superior knowledge of the world to university graduates in either country. I’ve noticed that some Americans are very prone to believe that they have been “instructed” in the “facts”, and that’s that. You seem to be one of those. You have missed the point I was making completely, anyway. I hope I have explained it clearly enough for you now.

  • U.N. Owen

    Not just that, but, that someone of college-age would be so dumb.

    The educational levels in the states is plummeting.

    Things I learnt when I was a small KID (under 10) MANY college-age kids are CLUELESS about.

    The thing is, this kid - the young man - I’d be willing to bet, that even though the judge set bail and others think what he did was wrong (including the young woman who was th victim!), I’d bet he’s STILL totally NOT understanding WHAT and WHY he did was wrong - and, even AFTER it (hopefully) sinks in, this generation’s utter lack of comprehension about anyone/anything BUT themselves will prevent him from understanding this.