Russian model Ekaterina Stetsyuk was hospitalized after surviving a six-story fall when she reportedly jumped from a hotel room window to escape being raped.
The 22-year-old model claims that she was threatened with a knife after turning down an American businessman’s proposition for sex in a hotel in Dubai, according to Fox News. During the alleged incident Stetsyuk decided to take her chances in a six-floor drop rather than stay in the room, The Siberian Times reports.
“To save her life and dignity, she jumped from the sixth floor. She survived by a miracle,” the model’s friend Irina Grossman told the Russian publication. “She cannot walk or move by herself, but doctors are giving good forecasts because her spinal chord is intact.”
The alleged attacker was reportedly detained at the Dubai airport during his attempt to flee the country, but claims Stetsyuk was the aggressor in the hotel room encounter. It is not yet known how the encounter played out, but Stetsyuk’s mother has been forced to defend her daughter against claims that she is an escort as reports spread.
“My daughter is a well known model in Irkutsk. On 15 February she left for Dubai for a month where she had a contract,” the model’s mother told The Siberian Times. “They want to make her guilty.”
Stetsyuk reportedly broke her spine after jumping from the window and remains in the hospital awaiting surgery. The Russian model released a video from her hospital bed assuring that she is doing fine and the people from the Russian consulate in Dubai are taking care of her.
“I am doing well, do not worry about me. People from the [Russian] consulate visited,” she said. “My surgery was postponed. We’ll see how it goes… All is fine mummy, I love you. Kisses. I have got everything.”
If the unnamed American is convicted of the crimes Stetsyuk is accusing him of, he will face up to 15 years in prison.