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Man in sex-slave case denies beating, raping wife

Kimberly O'Brien KevJ. Anderson

Kimberly O'Brien and Kevin J. Anderson

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Updated: July 20, 2013 6:35AM



He’s accused of being a violent sadist and “slave master” who kept his Gold Coast wife as a “sex slave” against her will.

But wealthy Wisconsin businessman Kevin Anderson testified Tuesday that it was his accuser, Kim O’Brien, who introduced him to the kinky world of bondage and sadomasochism.

And he denied beating her unconscious and raping her within a week of their 2005 wedding, telling a federal jury that the honeymoon night at the heart of O’Brien’s multimillion dollar civil lawsuit against him began with her request that he “have some fun and tie me up.”

Wearing a blue sport coat and sucking on a piece of candy as he testified, a combative Anderson gave short, clipped answers that stood in stark contrast to O’Brien’s tearful and sometimes rambling time on the stand last week.

His counter-allegations, though, were just as bitter in what has been an unusually nasty seven-year-long divorce battle.

He said O’Brien had shown him a large selection of sex toys at her former home in the Detroit suburbs soon after they met in 2000, adding that she had given him a copy of the French erotic novel of submission and domination, “The Story of O,” on a later trip to Bermuda.

O’Brien “asked to be called Elizabeth O” on a master-slave contract that they downloaded from the Internet and filled out together, and she “liked to be spanked,” Anderson said.

He denied her claims that he forced her to parade around the house naked and to sleep on the floor next to their bed, adding that he’d “absolutely not” told her he’d beat her so badly she would “not recognize your own face in the mirror” if she was not a “good slave,” as she claims.

The couple used “red” as a safe word to stop any sadomasochistic sex that got out of hand, he said. It was O’Brien who blindfolded herself and asked to be restrained during their California honeymoon, he added.

Banned by Judge Edmond Chang from repeating his claim that O’Brien was a prostitute when they met, he instead told jurors that they had “arranged to meet” in Aspen, Colo., through a woman who helped set up men on “dates.”

In case jurors didn’t get the none-too-subtle hint, he also said he’d supported O’Brien when she went to school in Minnesota so that she could “get out of the business she was in.”

The trial continues on Wednesday.



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