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'Cannibal Cop' Inspired By Diaz's Mask Scene
A New York City police officer accused of plotting to cook and eat women began having bondage fantasies after watching Cameron Diaz in The Mask, court papers have revealed.
According to the New York Post, the papers state that Gilberto Valle told a psychiatrist he gets aroused "when imagining women being abducted and bound by others", and linked it to Diaz's role in the hit 1994 Jim Carrey comedy.
The 28-year-old officer said he saw the film during his "early adolescence".
"The pattern of arousal appears to have originated with a scene in the movie The Mask in which Cameron Diaz pretends to be abducted and bound," Valle's defence lawyers wrote.
In the film, Diaz is trailed by two men and chased into an alley, where she is confronted by villain Dorian Tyrell, played by Peter Green.
Diaz's character Tina Carlyle gets pushed against a wall by Tyrell before being forcibly taken to a casino for the film's finale.
She is then tied to a tree with a ticking time bomb placed at her feet. Her arms are tied above her head and her legs are wrapped to the tree with tape.
She is eventually rescued by Carrey's character, Stanley Ipkiss.
Court papers, which were unsealed after a legal challenge by The Post, also say he discovered internet pornography in high school and was "particularly" interested in bondage websites.
He moved on to "cannibalism pornography" when he found some DVDs that belonged to one of his roommates.
"It was this discovery that led Valle to darker fetish websites ... which was his gateway into cannibalism pornography," defence solicitors Julia Gatto and Edward Zas wrote.
A search of Valle's computer found he had created records of at least 100 women with their names, addresses and photos, a criminal complaint said.
In one online exchange in July, Valle allegedly wrote: "I was thinking of tying her body on to some kind of apparatus ... cook her over low heat, keep her alive as long as possible."
Potential jurors in the case will be shown photos of naked women tied up. The aim is to determine whether they have a bias against people who frequent Internet sites depicting sadomasochistic behaviour.
Valle is accused of using a law enforcement database to make plans to kidnap, rape, kill and eat women.
His lawyers have said he was merely fantasising - and intended no violence.