A sex slave master who was unmasked by The Northern Echo has said an emotional goodbye to the woman who has acted as his slave for the past six months.
In the novels, many of the woman are slaves and they follow their masters around on leads, wearing collars, cuffs and leather straps.
Mr Thompson met Angel, who is Australian, over internet site Second Life.
She moved to Darlington to live with him and act as his slave -following the way of life set out in Mr Norman’s books.
The pair have spent six months filming for a Channel 4 documentary.
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Taking a break?
However, Angel has had to return to Australia because her visa has run out.
Just before they said their emotional goodbye at Durham Tees Valley Airport, they spoke to The Northern Echo.
Angel, 43, who would only give her real first name -Catherine -said: “I like Darlington. It is a nice place. I fell in love with Lee over the computer. He is the best.”
She said that before she moved to the UK, she worked as a housekeeper in Sydney, and that she had enjoyed filming the documentary, but that things had turned sour towards the end.
Asked why she wanted to act as a slave, Angel said: “I feel safe when I am with Lee, he is very protective.”
Asked if her family knew about her way of life, she said: “Yes, they do not really mind.
“If it wasn’t for my visa running out, I would be staying and I am planning to come back as soon as I can.”
Mr Thompson, who is in his late 30s, said they would stay in touch through Second Life.
He declined to give his address, but said he still lived in Darlington and that he was about to start a business repairing computers.
Mr Thompson’s way of life came to light last year.
Durham Police had become involved when his previous slave contacted a friend in the US to say she wanted to leave Mr Thompson’s home, but had burnt her passport.
The police helped her leave, but did not take any further action because those involved were consenting adults and there had not been any illegal activity.
After Mr Thompson’s story appeared in The Northern Echo, his story appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world.
* Second Life is a virtual reality world based on the internet, created to mimic the real world. Millions of members worldwide log on to the site, where they talk to other members, take part in activities and even buy and sell property.