Jeff Truesdell
February 24, 2015 11:25 AM

As Fifty Shades of Grey continues to rope in audiences at the box office, an Illinois student is facing charges for an assault he claims was a re-enactment of the film’s BDSM scenes.

Statements made in court by Mohammad Hossain’s public defender Sandra Bennewitz, who said the University of Illinois at Chicago freshman was involved in several campus leadership programs, brought a disbelieving response from Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr., reports the Chicago Tribune.

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

“He would say that it was consensual,” the attorney answered.

The 19-year-old bio-nuclear engineering major is a student ambassador to the alumni association and was on the university’s triathlon team. He is charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault of a female student, also 19, in his dorm room Saturday evening.

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

Speaking in court on Monday, Karr said that once the two were inside the room, the alleged incident unfolded.

Hossain allegedly had the woman remove her clothing except for her bra and underwear, after which he used a belt to bind the woman’s hands above her head and to a bed. With another belt, he purportedly bound her legs. He also supposedly stuffed a necktie in her mouth, and used a knit cap to cover her eyes while removing her bra and underwear.

After Hossain struck the woman with a belt several times, the woman said he was hurting her, told him to stop, “and began shaking her head and crying,” Karr said. The woman freed her arms, but Hossain held them behind her back as he sexually assaulted her while she pleaded for him to stop, Karr said.

After the woman left – prosecutors said Hossain’s roommate came home soon after the assault but that Hossain held the door shut to keep him out – the woman described the encounter to another person and then called police.

Arrested later that night, Hossain allegedly told police the two were re-enacting scenes from the risqué romance based on author E L James’s best seller with themes of bondage and sadomasochism. But Karr said he admitted the assault and “doing something wrong.”

The judge set Hossain’s bail at $500,000, said ABC7 Chicago.

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