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Jarrow model cleared of glassing Hollywood star

CLEARED ... Maryam Hassan was found not guilty of glassing American actress Tara Reid, below.

CLEARED ... Maryam Hassan was found not guilty of glassing American actress Tara Reid, below.

A FORMER model from Jarrow wept hysterically as she was cleared of glassing Hollywood star Tara Reid in the face.

Maryam Hassan, 27, was accused of assaulting the American Pie actress after spotting her chatting to former Dutch football international Edgar Davids at London members-only club Beat.

The West End haunt is popular with footballers and celebrities, including teen heart-throb Justin Bieber.

The American pin-up was rushed to hospital after suffering a corneal abrasion which required a consultation with a plastic surgeon following the ‘ugly’ incident, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Ms Reid also received a cut to her forehead and an injury to the bridge of her nose.

But Hassan - a friend of West Ham player Carlton Cole - was unanimously cleared of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

She was also acquitted of racially abusing a bouncer at the club.

The jury of six women and six men reached its verdicts after four hours and four minutes of deliberation.

Casually dressed in a black blouse, tight black jeans and ballet pumps with a cat motif, with her dark blonde hair scraped into a top knot, Hassan sobbed hysterically as the verdicts were announced.

She shouted ‘thank you’ at the jury before hugging a friend who had been seated in the public gallery.

Hassan refused to comment outside court.

Ms Reid had enjoyed a birthday meal of lobster and champagne at swanky restaurant and private members club Annabel’s, in Mayfair, prior to arriving at Beat on November 8 last year.

In a statement read to the court, the Scrubs actress told how she “noticed a female who kept approaching the table a few times.

“I didn’t know who she was, but I guess she was not getting any attention.

“She came up to me and threw the contents of her drink over my chest.

“I reacted immediately and threw my drink over her. The club’s bodyguard took her away.

“The same female came back 20 minutes later and she was then taken away.

“She said ‘I’m not getting kicked out, you whore, you slut’.”

The actress told how she could not open her eyes after the incident.

Ms Reid claimed Hassan “went crazy - she went psycho like Naomi Campbell”.

“It was so quick, she stood close to me, within arms’ length, and smashed the glass in my face.”

Giving evidence, Hassan, who graduated with a degree in political sciences from the University of Sunderland, said the glass flew out of her hand as she was manhandled by door staff.

Hassan admitted calling bouncer Zimzan Lelo a ‘w*****r’, but denied using racist language, because she is of mixed race heritage and her husband is black.

In a character witness statement, England striker Carlton Cole said he was “honoured to call her a friend”.

Hassan had struck up a friendship with the star 12 years ago after she worked on charity projects for the Carlton Cole Foundation, which helps underprivileged children in war-torn Sierra Leone.

The footballer said Hassan had “shown herself to be of consistent character with a good moral standing”.

Hassan, of Springwell Road, Jarrow, denied assault occasioning actual bodily harm and racially aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress.

 
 
 

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