Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Selita Ebanks Sued For Altercation With Another Model
Telemundo model Liza Irizarry says that Selita Ebanks broke her nose after a fight over Terrence J.
“I was in so much pain,” Irizarry told the Daily News on Monday, days before she planned to file her civil suit. “My pillow was covered in blood.”
Irizarry said she was heading inside Miami’s Dream nightclub when she saw Terrence J. leaving. She greeted him with a kiss on his cheek. But a drunken Ebanks saw the kiss in a different way and went for the attack
“When she saw me, she said, ‘Don’t be kissing my man,’ Irizarry said in an interview in lawyer Edward Steinberg’s Manhattan office.
“I said to myself, ‘So what, that’s my friend.’ That’s when she hit me on the nose. I went to swing back — that’s when all her friends jumped in. I felt hair pulling and fists coming at me.”
A male friend who witnessed it broke up the fight. Irizarry was bleeding, she went to the bathroom and cleaned herself up. The next day, she awoke to a busted nose.
She then came back to New York, and went to the doctor, who told her she had a complex nasal fracture and nasal obstruction that required surgery days later.
“I’m so angry, because she thinks she can get away with anything,” Irizarry said. “You shouldn’t be allowed to put your hands on anyone for no reason. Me saying hello to someone doesn’t give you the right to hit me.”
The suit will seek cash for pain, suffering and medical bills. But the curvaceous model also hopes to send a larger message of peace across the rough-and-tumble world of fashion.
“We hope that with an action like this, Miss Ebanks will no longer attack or assault anyone,” Steinberg said. “We think this is a very simple case of assault and battery by a woman, who maybe used her status and stature to feel like she could get away with something.”
Ebanks’ lawyer, Paul Rothenberg, responded that the suit “is nine months old and completely without merit.”