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Ex-Miss World is making ‘graphic’ film of her rape
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Published on 23 Dec. 2008 1:48 AM IST
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A former Miss World beauty queen, who was brutally stabbed and raped almost a decade ago, is set to recount the graphic details of the crime in a documentary to help other women. Israeli model Linor Abargil was 18 years old and seven weeks away from winning the Miss World title when she was attacked after taking part in a Milan fashion show, The Sunday Times reported. In the documentary, to be produced and directed by the late Hollywood star Gregory Peck’s daughter Cecilia Peck, Abargil will recall the horrific details of the attack. “I’ll tell the whole story, all the details, everything," she said. "I don’t want to be ashamed of what happened to me.” Abargil, now 28, will tell how she accepted the offer of a lift to Rome in an Israeli travel agent’s car after he told her all the flights there were fully booked. But once on the outskirts of the city, the travel agent, Uri Shlomo, stopped his BMW and stabbed her. He taped her mouth and hands and raped her repeatedly before trying to strangle her. Abargil managed to convince her attacker to let her go. Abargil reported the crime to the Italian police the next day, but Shlomo was only questioned and then released. After much campaigning, Israeli investigators took up the case and tricked Shlomo into travelling to Israel, where he was arrested and sentenced to 16 years in jail

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