Model Gessica Notaro, has spoken out about her horrendous ordeal for the first time after her ex-boyfriend threw acid in her face.
The former Miss Italy contestant has been left scarred from her forehead to chin following the attack, spending the last two months in a hospital room in Rimini after Jorge Edson Tavares allegedly threw acid over her.
Gessica now has to wait a year for plastic surgery and is forced to spend £600 a month on medicine to ease the pain although Tavares denies the allegations and is awaiting trial.
Um dos primeiros casos de violência contra a mulher na Itália foi registrado. A ex-miss italiana Gessica Notaro, de 28 anos, foi atacada com ácido no rosto pelo ex-namorado na última terça-feira (10). Nessa sexta-feira (13), o caboverdeano Jorge Edson Tavares se apresentou à Justiça e se disse inocente da acusação. O ex-namorado da miss teria jogado ácido sobre o rosto dela quando Gessica chegava em casa com o novo namorado. Tavares está em prisão preventiva e já depôs a um juiz de primeira instância. (Foto: Reprodução/Facebook) #italia #violencia #miss #gessicanotaro #dn #internacional #diariodonordeste
The 28-year-old told the Mail Online:
I did my own two months of prison. I can’t live life as I used to. I can’t go out in the sun, am constantly trapped in this mask and my face hurts all the time.
I have to spend all my money on medication – every half hour I need eye drops and I have to moisturise my skin constantly. I cannot do my job because I can’t go in the water.
Even when I’m better, I will have scars on the inside for the rest of my life. I will always be scared to get out of my car and walk home because I will relive that scene again and again.
While Gessica was in hospital she was only allowed to speak through a glass window as people weren’t allowed into her room – even her mum had to be sterilised.
Underneath this mask there’s severe damage.
My face is ruined but my facial features are still there. My mouth is intact. So is my nose. I still recognise myself in the mirror. This eye should have been blind but it isn’t.
And the most important thing I found out that night is that my voice is still there. I risked losing it as the acid ended up in my mouth, but I was alert enough to spit it out.
Guardate questa foto, questo viso, non lo vedrete più così. Un essere indegno ha deciso di deturpare tutta questa bellezza, in un attimo. L'acido che scioglie tutto, l'acido che prova a mettere definitivamente la parola fine ad una vita in ascesa, a una carriera in rampa di lancio. Noi uomini, che disconosciamo quel bruto glaciale e malvagio, non possiamo che tifare per Gessica, per la sua vista e per la sua vita, che sarà più forte anche di quest'orrore. #gessicanotaro #acido #bellezza #donne #uomini #violenzasulledonne
The model – who is an aspiring singer – met Tavares three years ago when they were both working at a dolphin aquarium insisting that – before the attack – he was a model boyfriend.
However, after they broke up in August, she claimed he became jealous and began stalking her.
— La Vita In Diretta (@vitaindiretta) March 30, 2017
As soon as I broke up with him he freaked.
He immediately got jealous. He knew my work schedule and tracked my movements. If I was two minutes late from work, he would message me: “What are you going? Why are you still in there? Who are you with?”
He followed me everywhere I went, threatened me and never left me alone. He even staged a fake suicide, trying to appeal to my sensitivity.
He came to my house with a rope and pretended to hang himself from the gate in my front yard.
Disturbingly, he also allegedly threatened to throw acid over before the attack.
#GessicaNotaro, la difesa di Eddy: "Abbiamo chiesto la perizia psichiatrica perché lui pensa al suicidio"
— La Vita In Diretta (@vitaindiretta) March 17, 2017
I worked at a dolfinarium where they use acids to clean filters. So I asked the man who cleans the filters what should I do if he attacked me with acid. ‘Should I wash my face or not?’
If I were you I wouldn’t rinse it – there’s a kind of acid which makes holes in your skin, if you pour water on it. I even told my colleagues I was thinking of putting a helmet in my car for I was afraid to walk from the parking lot to my home.
Frightened by his threatening messages on WhatsApp, Gessica told the police, but all they said was for him to stay away from her. He was given a harassment order but on January 10, after a night out, Gessica believes Tavares attacked her.
— Contini Marco (@continimarco) March 17, 2017
I was already a bit tense because my mother had called to tell me he had rung and needed to speak to me urgently.
I think he was hidden behind other cars – he must have crawled on the floor and crept behind mine. As soon as I put my head out of the window I saw him come towards me from the back of the car and throwing the acid at me.
I actually felt the plastic of the bottle on my face. He lifted his arm to make sure he emptied the bottle completely and didn’t leave one drop. My face was burning and I instantly started losing my sight.
I felt desperate because I knew that the more time passed, the more the acid would corrode my face. I had to find the fastest way to get to hospital for help.
The former Miss Italy contestant knew the acid would destroy her looks, but bravely faced her devastating injuries head on.
— TR24.it (@Teleromagna) March 29, 2017
The night the attack happened, I prayed and said: ‘Take away my beauty or whatever needs to be taken away, but please let me keep my eyes.
I was very quick wanting to look in the mirror. At first they showed me photographs but they I decided I want to look in the mirror.
In the beginning my face was dark and burned – one side was dark brown, the other side green. I was a bit shocked but then I decided to focus on my eyes – they say the eyes are the mirror of the soul.
I looked myself in the eye and recognised myself. I said: ‘OK. It’s still me.
Gessica has faced her attack with courage and, in spite of the devastating effect on her life, claims she will not be seeking revenge.
The only thing I would really like is for him to see me and see what he has done.
Such a horrific case and she is so incredibly brave.
Hopefully Gessica will get justice for this dreadful attack which has left her life permanently changed.