A model has described how she was battered until she vomited during a date with a man she met on Instagram.
India Ali, 32, had been invited for a meal at a Cheesecake Factory restaurant by James Baker.
After having their meal, the couple ended up at the Westin Hotel in Los Angeles, US – where Baker, 27, launched his horrific attack.
India was left with bruised eyes and suffered internal bleeding after the beating caused veins connecting to her brain to tear.
Police said the attack, which took place last July, was so brutal it caused her brain to twist inside the skull leaving her bleeding from her nose and ears.
Parker left India covered in her own blood and vomit when he fled the hotel room, near Los Angeles International Airport.
He was convicted of felony assault in April and faces a maximum of 10 years and four months in prison.
Speaking to the New York Daily News , India, from Los Angeles, said: “I lifted up my head and saw all the throw-up.
“My face was laying in it on the floor. I got up and looked on the bed and there was blood everywhere. I made my way to the bathroom and saw bloody towels on the floor.”
India then feared for her life as she suspected someone might come back to kill her if they knew she had survived the assault.
After calling the police, India was transferred to hospital where she spent a week in intensive care.
Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney David Berger confirmed police were able to track Ali’s cell phone and found Baker with her stolen car at a nearby Courtyard hotel.
Baker, meanwhile, has claimed Ali attacked him first.
“He claimed I hit him with a bottle. If it was true, wouldn’t I be in jail? If he really got busted on his head and got stitches, where are they?” she asked.
Berger called Baker’s claim ” a complete lie.”
“He gave a one hour and 20 minute interview to police and never mentioned anything to do with her hitting him with a bottle. When he took the stand, he testified he had blood streaming down his head. But when you watch the hotel video from 2:07 that morning, there’s not a drop of blood, and the camera in the elevator was right on his head,” Berger said.
Ali said she plans to make a victim impact statement at Baker’s sentencing, now set for June 5.
“For all the people who said this was my fault or I deserved it, I want to show them it’s not my fault and I can get back on my feet,” she said. “I’m going to have these marks on me forever, but I can be strong.”
Ali said she’s grateful she didn’t die and wants others to be careful about dates with strangers they meet online.
“I don’t want anybody else to go through anything like this. I’m trying to put the word out for the younger generation. Don’t meet up with someone you don’t know like this. Just don’t do it,” she said.
India plans to make a victim impact statement at Baker’s sentencing, now set for June 5.
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