While leaving the Max Mara show in Milan on September 22nd, Gigi Hadid was unexpectedly grabbed by a man, who then proceeded to pick her up. Like most people would in a scary situation like this, she reacted by screaming and fighting the man off with her elbows. After he finally released her, he took off down the street while she screamed at him.
Basically, she was attacked and she reacted accordingly. But some have criticized the model for overreacting and being violent.
According to The Sun who published a stand alone image of the young model elbowing the attacker in the face, Gigi’s assailant was a known “prankster” — which apparently makes it okay to physically assault her.
“Gigi used her elbow to strike out at the man, now known to be serial prankster Vitalii Sediuk, after he lifted her off the ground,” the article reads.
A video posted by Hadid News (@hadidnews) on Sep 22, 2016 at 5:09am PDT
Serial prankster or not, you can imagine that this would be a jarring experience for anyone.
The model quickly took to Twitter to defend herself after the article was publish saying that she’s “human” and that no one has the “right to man-handle a complete stranger.”
and had EVERY RIGHT to defend myself. How dare that idiot thinks he has the right to man-handle a complete stranger. He ran quick tho ????????????????
— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) September 22, 2016
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