Legal maneuvering stripped the victim's e-mail of its many references to her interest and participation in bondage and domination experiences, experiences that in themselves commonly turn gender roles upside down.
The unexpurgated e-mail, however, is not only key to the case, it is a great prism for viewing the new havoc in relationships playing out on-line.
On the stand, ZZ5 admitted that she had willingly submitted to some of Jovanovic's tortures.
And her post-torture behavior also appeared inconsistent.
The only real evidence against him was the word of his victim, and his own roughly two months worth of e-mail.
No one testified about such cyberculture quirks as the notorious difficulty in distinguishing the truth or fantasy of e-mail postings.
Zut is a French euphemism for shit, and her handle Could be taken to mean double shit or bullshit. The defense argued that she was an emotionally confused woman who had consented to kinky sadomasochistic sex that the two had discussed in their e-mail, and that she fabricated the charges against Jovanovic to absolve herself of guilt after she found their sexual encounter unexpectedly disturbing.
Unlike conventional therapy patients, these cyberchat addicts don't need to waste hours of time and thousands of dollars trying to overcome their "resistance." Pressured to produce a shocking, witty, outrageous or perverse persona lest they become cyberwallflowers, they regress on line instantaneously and seemingly universally.
As one participant explained: "You have to keep a person interested.
Jovanovic called himself Gray, a handle--the term went unused during the month-long trial--that he explained in his first communication with his accuser: "I generally wear black and gray, if you haven't guessed already." His choice of screen name may have had a deeper meaning.
"Oliver believes in bringing together the black and white extremes of opposite points of view," observed a later girlfriend, a Belgian woman named Marinza he also met in a chat room. He believes in harmony, not war." His accuser, whose real name, like that of other sexcrime victims, was withheld, called herself Zutzut5, a screen identity that also seems to have reflected deeply personal interests. " A Date to Remember Jovanovic was just two weeks away from defending his doctoral dissertation in molecular biology when he wound up in court defending himself against horrific torture charges.