Selita Ebanks is being sued for an incident that went down last November in a Miami nightclub.
34-year-old Telemundo model Liza Irizarry claims the Victoria Secret model broke her nose after kissing Terrence J, a long time friend, on the cheek, while leaving Dream.
Selita allegedly took the kiss to be more than an innocent “hello.”
“I was in so much pain,” Irizarry, of the Bronx, told the Daily News on Monday, days before she plans to file her civil suit. “My pillow was covered in blood.”
Irizarry said she was heading inside Miami’s Dream nightclub at about 5 a.m. last November when she came upon an exiting Terrence J. She said they had been friends for years, so she greeted him with a warm kiss on his cheek. But a drunken Ebanks, who played a phoenix in Kanye West’s 2010 video, “Runaway,” saw the smooch a different way, Irizarry said.
“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 the fracas 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.”
Irizarry’s suit will be filed for assault and battery in Hudson County Superior Court, near Ebanks’ New Jersey home.
Steinberg said the Miami Police haven’t arrested or charged Ebanks — even though Irizarry filed a police report and sent them her medical records.
The suit will seek cash for pain, suffering and medical bills. But the curvaceous mannequin 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.”
He added that his client says that “the claims are baseless.”
A broken nose? Can’t mess with that Staten Island chick!