Woman whipped in 50 Shades bondage session goes to court

Gardener claims woman he beat could have ended S&M session – but she forgot the code word

LAST UPDATED AT 13:19 ON Tue 22 Jan 2013

EDITOR'S NOTE: Since this piece was published Steven Lock has been found not guilty.

THE erotic bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey has already triggered a divorce. Now a woman is claiming she was assaulted by her lover after she forgot the code word that would have ended a sadomasochistic session inspired by the book.

A court has heard that 43-year-old gardener Steven Lock and his lover planned the "master/slave" session after they both read E.L James’s book.

They agreed on a code word, 'red', that would halt the encounter if either of them felt uncomfortable, but Lock told Ipswich Crown Court that his lover did not use the word as he whipped her 14 times with a rope, the Daily Mail reports.

Prosecutors claim that Lock put a rope round the woman's neck and "pulled it tight" before using a padlock to attach her wrist to a chain fastened to his bedroom floor. The woman says Lock used a rope to whip her "like a dog" leaving her with “14cm bruises”.

He eventually released the woman, who is not named for legal reasons, and told her to leave when she "refused to get into bed with him".

Police, who had been alerted to the incident by a text message the woman managed to send to a friend while she was tied up, found her on the street in a “distressed state”.

Lock denies assaulting the woman causing actual bodily harm saying it was her fault she did not use their code word. He also claims it was her idea to get a tattoo saying: "This is the property of Steven Lock".

Lock told the court he had never beaten the woman before and the S&M session was "new ground". He said both he and his partner understood what was going to happen, but he had "felt bad" because she had cried after they "pushed the boundaries".

The trial continues. · 

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