John Hopkins, 45, an audio engineer in Brooklyn, told the New York Daily News in an interview from Rikers Island, where he is being held in lieu of $350,000 bail, that his accuser advertised for sex on Craigslist.
He said he asked the 27-year-old woman, who arrived in New York from Wisconsin Feb. 4, "Why did you do this to me?"
The accuser says she responded to Hopkins' advertisement of a room in his apartment and he offered her free rent in return for cooking. She charges he gagged, blindfolded and handcuffed her to a radiator and beat and raped her for eight days, the newspaper said.
"I didn't rape her," Hopkins said. "Everything we did was role-playing. In the game of role play, the 'slave' actually has the power. … She could have left if she wanted to, but she didn't."
He faces first-degree rape and other charges.