According to the New York Post on Jan. 31, Gilberto Valle, the so-called “cannibal cop” is attempting to blame his somewhat unusual penchant on Cameron Diaz. More specifically, Cameron Diaz in the 1994 film “The Mask.”
Valle claims he was a young adolescent when he first saw “The Mask.” The scene where Cameron Diaz pretends to be abducted and bound to a tree is the scene that he claims began his deviant pattern of arousal.
Basically, Diaz gets chased into an alley where she’s caught by two criminals. She’s later tied to a coconut tree in a casino with a ticking time bomb at her feet. She’s strung up with arms over her head and legs wrapped to the tree trunk with duct tape. She’s rescued by Jim Carrey’s character Stanley Ipkiss, a/k/a “The Mask.”
Valle then claims he discovered internet porn in high school. He became particularly interested in bondage sites. However, his liking for “cannibalism pornography” didn’t come about until he was a sophomore in college when he found some hard-core DVDs that his roommates had.
“It was this discovery that led Valle to darker fetish websites, including ‘Muki’s Kitchen,’ which was his gateway into cannibalism pornography,” public defenders Julia Gatto and Edward Zas wrote.
“Until that day, the cannibalism idea had not popped into his mind.”
“Muki’s Kitchen” features images of “naked pornographic actresses tied up in preparation for being cooked and eaten, usually with an apple in their mouths.” Court papers say Valle was “aroused by this.”
In what has to be one of the most unique jury selections ever, Valle’s lawyers asked the judge to show potential jurors a photo of a naked, hogtied blonde with an apple in her mouth to screen out jurors too squeamish to deal with his “unusual sexual fantasies which involve imagined acts of violence against women.”
Valle goes on trial next month for allegedly scheming online to kidnap, rape, torture, cook and eat women. All of this legal wrangling is an effort to get forensic psychiatrist Park Dietz to testify on Valle’s behalf at the trial.
The defense contends that Valle never intended to act out his fantasies. Supposedly, Park Dietz will tell jurors that Valle does not have a mental illness “associated with violence” and that he “lacks…risk factors for violence.”
Valle reportedly told Dietz about his relationships with women. His lawyers call these relationships “remarkable only for the respect he showed his female acquaintances,” along with “the absence of premarital sexual relations.”
Representatives for Cameron Diaz and anyone connected with “The Mask” have not commented yet. However, millions of people saw “The Mask” and have not been led to Valle’s particular evil fantasies from the silly, somewhat ridiculous, funny movie. If there is blame to be placed here, it should land squarely on the shoulders of Gilberto Valle.