A man was acquitted of eight allegations of incestuous rape over a six-year period when his daughter admitted making the allegations up based on the novel "Fifty Shades of Grey."
News of the trial was provided by attorney Cathy McCulloch in a blog post.
“His daughter had given a compelling interview to the police and my client had absolutely no real defense other than ‘I did not do it,'” wrote McCulloch, according to The Independent.
During the first interview between McCulloch and the father, the man happened to mention that his daughter’s favorite book was "Fifty Shades of Grey."
McCulloch decided to take a look at the book, particularly because in the interview with the daughter, she used “certain words, phrases and descriptions which seemed beyond her years.”
The daughter’s age was not provided, but The Sun reported she was under 18.
“He had no idea what 'Fifty Shades of Grey' was about,” McCulloch wrote of the father. “Neither I nor my instructing solicitor’s representative had read the book (honest!).”
McCulloch asked and received a postponement in the beginning of the trial so she could read the book. She found similarities between the words used by the teenager and the novel.
The trial opened and McCulloch began the cross-examination, which she had expected to take several hours.
“I started gently to put the complainant at ease. She agreed her father was strict, and that she was really annoyed with him for ‘ruining her life,'” added McCulloch.
She then moved to her final question, asking directly if the girl had made up the allegations.
“I raised the striking similarities between her interview and the book. She suddenly broke and said I was absolutely right. She had made the whole thing up because she was angry with her father and wanted to teach him a lesson,” McCulloch added.
The cross examination lasted only seven minutes.
“The Judge directed the jury to acquit, stating that this case is ‘unique’ in the whole of his career at the Bar and Judiciary,” McCulloch wrote in her blog.