Bashara Denies Affair and Involvement in S&M
Bashara also denied allegations of an affair and any involvement in the world of S & M.
"You know what? I don't want to get into that because I have my children to worry about," Bashara told the Detroit Free Press.
In a news conference Friday, Bashara's attorney David Griem brushed off reports of Bashara's extramarital affair and interest in S&M as irrelevant to the case, telling ABC News that Bashara's lifestyle would not determine whether he was innocent or guilty.
"Whether or not Bob has an alternative lifestyle, that doesn't make him a criminal. That doesn't make him a wife-killer. What it does, it makes it very difficult for us to get a fair trial if he's charged," Griem said.
Griem expressed some apprehension that if his client were to be charged, a potential jury pool would be tainted by stories of an abnormal sex life.
"My concern is, there is a segment of population in this country that if you're not living the type of life they are, if you're not as pure as they are, you're a bad person. That scares the crap out of me, because I can't bring that out in jury selection," he said.
The comments were in response to a Detroit dominatrix named Lady Geanna, who told WXYZ-TV that Bashara hosted S&M sex parties in a basement below a bar he owned, the Hard Luck Lounge.
"Several of my clients or slaves have called me today. Since this has come out I've had like over 20 phone calls. They are all people who have been to his parties and asked if I was involved with them," she said Friday.
The clients are apparently worried their identities could be revealed.
"Some of them were worried there might have been hidden cameras, things like that," she said.
Geanna claims Bashara was a "master," meaning he would take charge during S&M sessions. The local dominatrix said Bashara reached out to her after seeing her ads in a local paper.
Bashara also allegedly had a mistress, a 50-year-old woman named Rachel, who has spoken to police about her involvement with Bashara. Jane Bashara reportedly found out about the affair weeks before her death.
A woman that lived above Rachel in the Detroit suburb told ABC News that she didn't know Bashara had a wife, he was so often seen with Rachel.
"I thought they were friends at first because he did things for her. He used to take her elderly dog for a walk during the day," she said.