A Russian model broke her back jumping from the sixth floor of a Dubai hotel to escape a businessman who ‘tried to rape and kill her’.
Ekaterina Stetsyuk, 22, told friends that she refused to have sex with the man who allegedly put a knife against her throat.
However, the attacker has made a counter claim against her which police are investigating.
The details of the counter claim are currently unknown, but unverified allegations claim she was working as an escort in Dubai.
Her mother has hit back at the claims, saying she is a ‘well known model’ back in her hometown of Irkutsk.
Ekaterina’s friend Irina Grossman said she only survived by a ‘miracle’.
‘To save her life and dignity, she jumped from the sixth floor,’ she said.
‘Her spine is broken, several vertebras were crushed. She cannot walk or move by herself, but doctors are giving good forecasts because her spinal chord is intact.’
The businessman was reportedly detained at the airport trying to flee Dubai.
He faces up to 15 years in jail if convicted.
But during interrogation, he made unknown allegations against the model which has led to Ekaterina being detained in her hospital bed.
Ekaterina’s mother Irina Gorssman is crowdfunding online to cover £11,000 medical costs in Dubai.
She said her daughter left for a modelling job in Dubai in February and said claims about her being an escort could ‘cause her more trouble’.
She said: ‘The laws are different there, we are worried about the development of this situation.
‘We appeal to those who know Ekaterina and just to all sympathetic people. Give her a chance to recover.’
The model reportedly faces ‘expensive surgery and further rehabilitation’.
Speaking from her hospital bed, Ekaterina recorded a video to reassure her mother, saying: ‘I am doing well, do not worry about me.‘
Gocha Buachidze, the Russian Counsel in Dubai, said: ‘We are thoroughly studying the situation around Russian citizen Ekaterina Stetsyuk and we are providing all necessary support to her.
‘The investigation is in progress. The Consulate cannot give any more details of the accident due to the request of the citizen herself.’
Additional reporting from Will Stewart