Accused murderer Jodi Arias testified today that her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, had a "Bill Clinton view of sex" because Alexander was eager for oral and anal sex to get around Mormon church rules against premarital sex.
Arias' remark came on her second day on the stand while describing, often in detail, what she said were the sexual demands by Alexander in the early days of their tumultuous affair that ended when she stabbed and shot Alexander to death.
Arias said that Alexander, a Mormon elder, skirted his church's teachings on chastity by engaging Arias in oral and anal sex, which he said were technically not against Mormon rules.
"It seemed like Travis kind of had a Bill Clinton version of sex, where oral and anal sex were also sex to me, but not for him," Arias told the court today.
Her comment refers to former president Bill Clinton's famous denial that he had sex with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, claiming they only had oral sex and not intercourse.
Arias' defense attorneys have been using her testimony to portray Alexander as obsessed with sex and secrecy, outwardly pretending to be a chaste church elder who had no interest in Arias while continuing to ask her for nude photos of herself, oral sex, and eventually intercourse.
Arias' lawyers are hoping that a sympathetic portrayal of Arias as Alexander's physically and emotionally abused girlfriend will bolster her claim that she killed Alexander in self-defense. Arias stabbed her lover 27 times, slashed his throat, and shot him twice in the head in 2008, two years after they met and began their sex-fueled affair.
The prosecution alleges that Arias killed Alexander out of jealousy. She could face the death penalty if convicted of his murder.
Earlier, Arias testified that during the intense first weeks of their relationship, she converted to Mormonism and was baptized by Alexander. Hours after her baptism, she said, Alexander proceeded to force her to have anal sex.
Alexander's sisters, seated in the gallery of the courtroom where Arias testified, rolled their eyes and shook their heads as Arias described the anal sex experience.
Arias testified that two months after meeting Alexander, she converted to Mormonism and was baptized by Alexander in a public ceremony in which she stood in a large font. After the ceremony, she left with Alexander.
"We got back to the house, we went inside and we hugged. Words were exchanged, and we began to kiss, and things got intimate again," Arias said. "He spun me around, and he bent me over the bed and he was just on top of me. I thought he was going to keep kissing me."
Arias said that instead, Alexander lifted up her skirt and pulled down her underwear and then took off his own pants.
"And then he began to have anal sex with me," she said.
"It's not something I expected to happen, and I can't say I wanted it to, but I didn't stop him," Arias said, speaking quietly and staring down at her hands in her lap.
Arias said that it was a painful experience, and she eventually asked Alexander to stop. Arias' mother and family members, seated in the courtroom, were expressionless as they listened to the details of the affair.
"I just went with his agenda, I guess you could say," Arias said softly.
"Shortly after, he left, and I didn't feel very good. I kind of felt like a used piece of toilet paper," she said.
Arias is on trial for murdering Alexander, whom she has admitted killing in a violent attack in June 2008 when she stabbed him 27 times, slashed his throat, and shot him in the back of the head. She could face the death penalty if convicted.
Arias, 32, claims she killed Alexander in self-defense, and her attorneys have used her time on the stand to try to paint a picture of Alexander as sex-obsessed and abusive, while portraying Arias as timid and mistreated.
They two dated for a year after they met at a business conference and began engaging in oral sex within a week of their first meeting, Arias said on the stand on Tuesday. Arias broke up with her live-in boyfriend of four years in order to date Alexander.
The relationship quickly evolved into an intense sexual affair in which Alexander would arrange for meetings and request oral and anal sex or "grinding," in which Alexander and Arias fooled around naked but did not have intercourse
"That's something a lot of Mormons do that they aren't suppose to. The Provo push," Arias said today.
The Mormon religion forbids premarital sex, but Alexander explained to Arias that they weren't breaking the Mormon law of chastity because they were not having vaginal intercourse.