Bashara Mistress Testifies She Lived In Basement Dungeon, Trial Ordered
DETROIT (WWJ) - Former Grosse Pointe Park businessman Bob Bashara has been bound over for trial in his wife’s murder.
This comes hours after another alleged mistress took the stand to testify about his kinky habits — including choking for pleasure — in a hearing Friday.
Bashara is accused of first degree murder after allegedly hiring a hit man to strangle his wife, Jane Bashara, in January 2012.
Under oath, Lydia Porter, 50, told the court she and Bashara were involved in a sexual relationship for a few years and was told by Bashara that his marriage was on the rocks. Earlier testimony said Bashara also had relationships with two other women, all of which included sadomasochism.
For the three years they were together, Porter said she lived in a small room in the so-called sex dungeon where wild parties were held under the Hard Luck Lounge, which Bob Bashara owned.
She also testified Bashara told her his wife was agreeable to a divorce.
“He and Jane were not getting along, they did not want the same future, and that although he was not free to do what he wanted completely in the open, they had an arrangement that they were planning to divorce when the kids were out of school,” Porter testified.
She added that their relationship was out in the open.
“I went to church with Jane and Bob every Sunday, I went to Rotary with Bob, I went to community projects, I went to the movies with him and his mother, I went to dinner with Rob (the son) when he was home from college,” she testified.
Porter was the third mistress who testified in this case that rocked upscale Grosse Pointe. A longtime mistress, Rachel Gillette, testified Thursday about their plans to buy a house with another mistress, Janet Leehman.
Porter testified she and Bashara broke up in a dramatic scene when she caught him with Gillette in the dungeon. She “threw a fit” and he took away her keys, and tossed her out in the middle of the night with nowhere to go.
She said he later reappeared at the place she was living shortly after Jane Bashara’s death and asked her on a date, which she refused.
One more person is expected to testify in Bashara’s preliminary examination.