A College Student Has Been Arrested for 'Fifty Shades'-Inspired Sexual Assault

Terrible doesn't begin to cover it.

This is just awful: A 19-year-old student at the University of Illinois at Chicago was arrested Saturday for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman after being inspired by the acts in Fifty Shades of Grey, reports The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab).

According to police reports, Mohammad Hossain was in his room with a 19-year-old female student (with whom he was previously intimate), when he allegedly tied her hands and legs and put a necktie over her mouth before hitting her with a belt. 

The woman told him to stop, but he started punching her and then he sexually assaulted her, prosecutors say. She was able to leave after his roommate got home.

According to prosecutors, Hossain told the police that he was recreating scenes from Fifty Shades of Grey. He was charged with felony aggravated criminal sexual assault, with bail set at $500,000. 

Our thoughts are with the victim, and here's hoping no one else uses this film as a justification for abuse.

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