Ex-Fiancée of Former Mitt Romney Staffer Says He Kept Her as a Sex Slave
According to an article in the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Wednesday, Nevada Republican consultant Benjamin Sparks was accused of sex slavery by his ex-fiancÃ©e. The 46-year-old woman, who was given anonymity by the Review-Journal, said Sparks kept her bound to his home, beat her and forced her to remain naked at all times, and demanded that she wear a collar.
According to the Review-Journal, the two began dating in November and moved in together shortly afterward. The woman agreed to sign a five-page contract requiring her to "kneel and look down when she entered [Sparks’] presence, be nude at all times, have sexual relations with him whenever he wanted and wear a collar in private." The contract stated that the woman was his “slave and property.” She said, “He was very demanding and did not take no for an answer” and added, “Over the last month it escalated into very rough sex where he’d actually hurt me. He backhanded me…and forced himself on me.”
When the woman refused to perform a new request from Sparks that involved sex with other men, her refusal led to an altercation, she said. Sparks called 911 and told police she was suicidal, which she denies. After that, she said he fled the house and has not been seen since. Sparks has not responded to the publication's request for comment.
Sparks, who previously worked for the conservative political consultancy firm RedRock Strategies, boasts a portfolio with the names of some prominent GOP figures. According to the Journal, the conservative consultant was a high-level staffer on Republican Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign against recalls and Republican Cresent Hardy's congressional bid in Nevada. In addition, Sparks worked for Republican Yvette Herrell of New Mexico.
Shortly after local law enforcement agencies began an investigation into his ex-fiancÃ©e’s claims of sexual slavery, Sparks was fired from RedRock Strategies as well as Hardy’s team. None of his previous employers have responded to the Review-Journal's report.
Sparks' ex-fiancÃ©e told the Review-Journal she came forward with her story in order to warn others. She said, “I truly don’t want this to happen to another girl. I’m strong and have a great support system and despite that, this almost broke me.”