Two major players in the modeling industry are engulfed in a legal battle over a scuffle at a Miami nightclub last year.
Liza Irizarry, a model for Telemundo, broke Victoria Secret beauty Selita Ebanks’ nose after Irizarry insulted her boyfriend, BET host Terrence J.
During an interview in lawyer Edward Steinberg’s office, Irizarry says she entered the Dream Nightclub around 5am as Terrence J was leaving. Because they had been friends for years, she felt she knew him well enough to give him a kiss on the cheek. But Ebanks, whom Irizarry says was drunk, saw things differently.
Irizarry describes the exchange thusly: “When she saw me, she said, ‘Don’t be kissing my man’…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 broke up the fight. Irizarry was bleeding, and went to the bathroom to clean herself up. She then went home and awoke the next day to find her nose was broken. A New York doctor told her she had a complex nasal fracture and nasal obstruction that required surgery, which she got a few days afterward.
Irizarry has filed suit for assault and battery at Hudson County Superior Court, close to Ebanks’ home in New Jersey. She also filed a report with police and sent them her medical records, but so far Ebanks has not been arrested or charged.