Jurors see love letters, sadomasochism contract at ‘sex-slave’ trial
BY FRANK MAIN Staff Reporter June 12, 2013 6:46PM
Kimberly O'Brien and Kevin J. Anderson
Updated: July 15, 2013 7:23PM
Jurors were given a peek Wednesday at a sex-slavery contract and documents outlining the basics of sadomasochism in a Gold Coast woman’s lurid lawsuit against her former husband.
Kimberley O’Brien, 52, is suing 57-year-old Kevin Anderson in federal court, claiming he lured her into a violent marriage in which he was the master and she was the slave — allegedly raping her on their honeymoon and leaving her suffering panic attacks.
Anderson denies he sexually assaulted O’Brien and says any sadomasochistic sex was consensual.
On Wednesday, O’Brien took the witness stand as her attorney, Dean Dickie, displayed love letters from Anderson on a projector. In one greeting card, Anderson told O’Brien in 2000: “hope I can make you smile for ever.”
But the letter also showed a strain in their new relationship — about five years before they were married — with Anderson writing: “I don’t know why you don’t call me since I feel as though you don’t love me.”
O’Brien testified that she was avoiding Anderson because she discovered he was still married while dating her.
After showing the love letters, Dickie displayed documents that Anderson allegedly downloaded on his computer in 2002 to research sadomasochism. One of them, titled “Slave Rules,” had a handwritten star next to the passage: “Whenever Master speaks, even when I am speaking, I am to immediately become silent so I may be able to listen intensely to what He has to say.”
Another document indicated that O’Brien’s “slave name” was Elizabeth O and Anderson’s was Master Jon. Anderson also allegedly downloaded documents titled “Breast Bondage” and “Spanking.”
O’Brien testified that she never saw the documents or discussed them with Anderson before their marriage.
“It’s not something I would read,” she said. “I have no interest.”
O’Brien’s lawsuit claims Anderson lured her into marriage through a “whirlwind courtship.” He bought her expensive clothes and took her on trips to places including Montreal, Aspen and Lake Tahoe. They tied the knot in picturesque Carmel, Calif., in May 2005. And on their honeymoon, she alleges that Anderson tied her up, beat her and raped her.
But Anderson’s attorneys contend that O’Brien — “a well-traveled woman of independent means” — is the one who introduced him to the world of sadomasochism and offered to be hog-tied on their wedding night.