- Gabriella Engels claims she was assaulted by Grace Mugabe
- She has shared her terror in an interview
- She said she thought she was going to die
Gabriella Engels, the 20-year-old South African model who claims she was assaulted by Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe, has shared the terror she felt.
In an interview with Daily Mail, she said she thought "it was the end of me" and that she was going to die.
She recalled shielding herself while she was on her knees as Mrs Mugabe hit her with an electrical extension cord until she bled.
The model said she required 14 stitches for the cuts on her forehead and skull. Mrs Mugabe was reportedly furious at her for partying with her sons Robert Jr and Chatunga Bellermine.
Engels said: "She beat me so badly, with all her power and might, I honestly thought it was the end of me." She added that Mrs Mugabe's bodyguards ignored her appeals for help.
She denied partying with the Mugabe brothers and said she had just been introduced to Chatunga when his mother arrived. She had never met them before and did not know their surname, she said.
The 52-year-old First Lady was due to hand herself over to police on Tuesday, August 15 but she didn't.
Earlier reports indicated that she had returned to Zimbabwe.
However, South Africa's police service has denied this. It is now reported that she has sought diplomatic immunity.
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